Japan is the second largest unreached people group in the world. Only 0.5% of the population attend an evangelical church.
Japan is one of the most powerful nations in the world. It has a proud and ancient history with the world’s lengthiest successive monarchic line. Though only slightly smaller than California and with a population of 127 million people, Japan possesses the fourth largest economy in the world. Its extraordinary post-World War II economic recovery has been hailed as a miracle and reinstated Japan as one of the world’s economic superpowers.
However, Japan has its share of historical disgrace. 30 millions Asians died as a result of Japanese Imperialism during World War II. 200,000 Asian women were forced to work as “comfort women”: sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army.
Japan currently has deep-rooted cultural struggles. There are 30,000 suicides per year and cults are on the rise with 183,000 currently registered with the government. Overwhelmed by society’s pressures a million young men suffer from “hikikomori” where they almost completely withdraw from the world and spend their days indoors playing video games and watching movies. 9% of high school girls and 4% of junior high school girls have engaged in some form of prostitution. 85% of Japanese teens wonder why they exist while 11% wish they were never born.
Japan is the second largest unreached people group in the world. Only 0.5% of the population attend an evangelical church. While a deep hopelessness pervades the country young people aged 18-23 are the most open to the gospel. Nagoya is home to several colleges and universities, which open many opportunities for sharing the gospel to this particular age group – the next generation. (Nagoya also is the 10th most expensive city in the world – Manhattan is ranked #43.)
The gospel is the only remedy for Japan, as it is for all the nations. Help us to preach the gospel to a people that so desperately need it by partnering with us in prayer and support.
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