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Japan

Japan experienced the beginning of a major economic slowdown in the 1990s, following three decades of unprecedented growth. Unemployment has increased and the low birth rate and ageing population have reduced economic growth.

After little church growth for over a century, a new openness has emerged after a series of disasters and changes in the 1990s. The Kobe earthquake, economic meltdown, increasing rebelliousness of young people, and the rise of anti-social and violent cults have provoked people to question Japanese value systems.

Most Japanese people follow the demands of ancestor-venerating Buddhism and the rituals of Shintoism. Only 2.2% call themselves Christian, making it unlikely that many Japanese people will ever encounter the gospel of Jesus Christ without outside help.

Country Facts
  • Region: East Asia
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Population: 125.9 million
  • Area: 377,915 km2
  • Religions: Buddhist 68.1%, ethnic religions 23.9%, no religion 5.5%
  • Languages: Japanese

Missionaries In Japan

Nathan and Maki Clapham

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Matt and Jen Lim

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Steven and Sandra Parsons

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Dene and Rachel Hughes

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David and Beck McIntyre

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Adam and Helane Ramsay

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Brad and Michelle Jackson

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Chenny Thie

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Kellie Nicholas

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Prayer Points

  • Pray that Japanese people would want to hear about Jesus and be looking for hope and purpose.

  • Pray that Japanese people who have decided to follow Jesus would commit to baptism as a sign to their friends and families of their faith.

  • Pray that Christian students in Japanese universities would be courageous in sharing their Christian faith with their friends.

  • Pray that TEAM Japan and MTW would be able to present the gospel in a culturally relevant way to the next generation of Japanese people.

Mission Opportunities in Japan