Japan is one of the most unreached areas in the world by the gospel.
Though the church is small, Japan is one of the few places in the world where the evangelical church is declining every year.
Japan has a very high suicide rate, being high especially among people in their 20’s. In 2013, 27,283 people committed suicide; this is the equivalent of 75 people a day.
Family breakdowns are very common. Due to the long, working hours and a broken family culture, Japan is known to be a “fatherless” nation. Many grow up without knowing the love of their father.
Many people are recovering and rebuilding their lives after the deadly earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that caused massive damage and took the lives of nearly 20,000 people. This happened in the Tohoku area, also known to be the least reached area of Japan by the gospel.
Out of a population of 127 million, only around 1% know Jesus.
Though Japan is materially well off, it is spiritually very poor.
There are still many cities and towns where there is no church at all.
Culturally, people follow Buddhism and Shintoism and worship their ancestors.
Many Christians tend not to share their faith with friends due to a strong culture of not wanting to offend.
Christians find it hard to attend church and focus on God because of pressure from society and long, hard working hours.
It is said that an average “faith life-span” of a Christian in Japan is 3 years (meaning that, many leave church or stop actively following Christ).
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.