Japan, comprises over 3,000 islands, but 97% of its land is made up of four larger islands. Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic, and Japan has frequent earthquakes, some very destructive, even resulting in tsunamis, which occur several times each century.
Japan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and has the world's tenth largest population, with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.
A major economic power, Japan has the world's second largest economy. It is also the world's fourth largest exporter and sixth largest importer and a world leader in technology and machinery. The train systems are extremely efficient.
Japanese people are well-known for their politeness, efficiency, organization, punctuality and hard work. Japanese in general are very sincere and honest, and generous toward those suffering from poverty or natural disasters.
In practice, Buddhists and Shintoists in Japan make up 84-96% of the population, but in reality, only about 30 percent of the people say that they actually belong to a religion. Japanese are lovely people, but most of them have no idea that God loves them or that He even exists. They do not realize that He created them, and that He knows everything about them. They do not know that Jesus died for them, that He rose again, that He is alive today, and that He is our Source of hope!
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Unfortunately, most Japanese have never met a Christian or ever heard of God's amazing promises in the Bible. And how shall they know without someone to tell them?
Less than 0.4 percent of the population are true Christians --people who have a vibrant relationship with Christ. In fact, Japan is considered by many to be the largest unreached people group in the world.
Japanese are very open to learning about God. Christians are praying for Japan, and God is helping them to reach more and more people with His love. God is bringing hope, joy and victory to many precious Japanese people! God is doing miracles in Japan!