WHY JAPAN

The population is over 127 million, but less than 1% know Jesus. The main religion is a mix of Shinto & Buddhism.

Out of 692 large cities, 86 only have 1 church, and 10 large cities have no church at all.

Christians find it hard to find time to study the Bible and focus on God because of pressures from society to work hard, long hours with little rest.

Many Christians tend not to share their faith with friends due to a cultural pressure of not wanting to offend.

New Christians can face the risk of being disowned by family due to the pressure of ancestor worship, a tradition that has been passed down through many generations.

Though Japan is materially well off, it is very spiritually poor.

Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, due to factors such as unemployment, depression and social pressures.

Almost 100 people commit suicide every day.

Family breakdowns are very common with the divorce rate constantly increasing and marriage rate rapidly declining.

Young people are growing up with a lack of hope and self-worth. According to a recent poll, around 11% of Japanese wish they had never been born, and 85% of young people wonder why they even exist. Young girls even sell themselves to older men. If only they knew what God thought of them and how much He loves them.

Many people are recovering and trying to rebuild their lives after the deadly 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami caused massive damage and took the lives of around 20,000 people.

Information provided by YWAM Tokyo

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