An Advanced Society in Spiritual Need
Japan is a land of spiritual darkness. We often forget that a modern, technologically advanced, well-educated society can be steeped in spiritual darkness, living day after day without hope. Yet this is the case for the vast majority of Japanese, actually 99.57%! Whether worshiping in the cultural tradition of Shintoism where nature, numerous gods and ancestors are worshiped or adhering to the empty philosophies of Buddhism, the Japanese are not finding answers of hope. Turning to materialism and humanism hasn’t provided answers either.
Evidence of their despair is everywhere:
- Suicide rate - is one of the highest in the world with more suicides each year (over 30,000) than the total number of lives lost in the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 (around 16,000).
- Sexual promiscuity - almost half of high school students and 80% of college students have been sexually active prior to graduation, and the number of persons struggling with homosexual and transgender issues is rising dramatically.
- Social withdrawal syndrome epidemic – an estimated 700,000 young adults, generally between 20 and 40, isolate themselves in their own room, never venturing out into society.
- Stagnant economy – Japan’s economy seems to have stabilized from the downturn of the last 20 years, but recovery and growth are a long way away.
TEAM Japan is striving to bring the hope of Christ to this land. Join us in bringing the heart of God to the hearts of the Japanese.
Here is one of our ministries, made up of people like you who are reaching out to the people of Japan for Christ. Check out all our ministries by clicking on Initiatives in the above menu.
Takamatsu Ministry Initiative (TMI)
Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
We are a network of nine churches, planting and nurturing reproducing churches through English conversation classes, music, cooking classes, street evangelism, parenting meetings and lots more.
We want to connect with you about the purposes God might have for you together with us in Japan! Browse our listing of current needs in Japan.
|Café Worker/English Teacher (Tokyo TMMI)||Japan||up to 8 months|
|Headmaster, Christian Academy in Japan||Japan||more than 3 years|
|Church Planting Team Member/English Teacher (Kobe, ABC)||Japan||up to 8 months|
9 months - 2 years
|Retreat Center Administrator/Host (Karuizawa, KRC)||Japan||up to 8 months|
|Recruitment Coordinator (Tokyo, TJO)||Japan||9 months - 2 years|
more than 3 years
|Construction Team (Karuizawa, KRC)||Japan||up to 8 months|
|Construction Manager (Karuizawa, KRC)||Japan||up to 8 months|
|Maintenance - Groundskeeper (Karuizawa, KRC)||Japan||up to 8 months|
Only 0.43 percent are Protestant Christians
Religion does not play a big role in the lives of most Japanese, with many not understanding the main two religions of Shintoism and Buddhism.
Japan is smaller than the state of California, but less than 20 percent of the land is habitable for its 127 million residents
On average, there is a suicide in Japan every 15 minutes
The birth rate is just 1.35 children per woman, well below the replacement rate of 2.1
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