Japan: one of the world's largest economic powers, a nation highly advanced in technology and industry, and the home of a culture rich in history and heritage. One may ask, "Why plant churches in Japan?" The answer is simple: the Japanese do not yet know the good news of Jesus Christ!

"I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written, "Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand." -- Romans 15:20-21
 
 

UNREACHED

The Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world. 

  • Japan is less than 1% Christian
  • Less than 0.5% of the population of Japan is evangelical
  • 0.2% attend a Protestant church

Most people in Japan have never been to church, have never read the Bible, and have no Christian friends. It is estimated that 95% of Japanese have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.


URBAN

There are over 126,000,000 people in Japan, the majority of whom live in three major metropolitan areas:

  • Tokyo (37 million, including Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Saitama)
  • Osaka (19 million, including Kobe and Kyoto)
  • Nagoya (9 million, include the greater metropolitan area).

Japan has another 5 metropolitan areas with over 2 million people each: Fukuoka, Shizuoka, Sapporo, Sendai, and Hiroshima. High population density and efficient public transportation make Japan's urban areas fertile ground for the spread of the gospel.

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CHURCH PLANTING

The most vital and pressing need in Japan is the planting of new churches.

  • There is only 1 church for every 16,700 people (1 church for every 800 people in the USA)
  • 60% of churches are fewer than 15 people
  • 70% of pastors are over 50 years old
  • Missionaries are down by 34% over the past 20 years

When a church is planted in a city it becomes a witness for the gospel in that city. Disciples will be made. God will call some of those disciples to become leaders. Some of those leaders will start new churches--beginning the cycle of multiplication again.