Japan
Nihon
July 9-12
Asia
Factbook

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6 The missions vision of Japanese Christians is noteworthy

7 Missions

a) First-term missionaries

b) Missionary agencies are often small and cooperation between them is too limited

c) Opportunities for missionary service

8 The less-evangelized areas and peoples of Japan:

a) Of the 672 cities, there are still 9 without a church

b) Of the 2,568 towns of 15,000-30,000 people, 1,733 are without churches

c) Numerous rural areas are scarcely touched with the gospel

d) The ruling elite have been little influenced

e) Koreans, descendants of those forcibly brought to Japan between 1903 and 1945, are usually denied full citizenship rights

f) Chinese, 60,000 residents, are largely involved in business in larger cities

g) The Ainu, ethnically unrelated to the Japanese, first settled in north Japan

h) Extremist groups

i) Exploited women

j) Muslims have increased through legal and illegal immigration of Bangladeshis, Iranians, Pakistanis and others

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Economy

The world’s most powerful export-oriented economy despite lack of natural resources and oil. HDI 0.924; 4th/174. Public debt 50% of GNP. Income/person $38,160 (121% of USA).

Politics

Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.

Religion

Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all by the constitution, but the rising power of nationalistic Shintoism partly associated with the new emperor is tarnishing that freedom.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Buddhist/Shinto 69.61 88,206,000 +0.2%
New Religions 24.43 30,956,284 +0.4%
non-Religious/other 4.27 5,410,697 -1.1%
Christian 1.56 1,976,742 +0.1%
Muslim 0.12 152,057 +6.1%
Baha'i 0.01 15,000 -10.8%
Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 146 0.42 538 +0.8%
Independent 36 0.22 281 +0.9%
Anglican 1 0.05 62 +1.6%
Catholic 1 0.36 457 +0.5%
Orthodox 2 0.02 26 -0.2%
Marginal 9 0.61 776 +0.1%
Disaffiliated   -0.12 -152 n.a.

Churches in Japan

Missionaries from Japan

397 in 52 agencies of which 218 are overseas in 45 countries

Missionaries to Japan

3,500 in 245 agencies from 33 countries


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Geography


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Area 377,801 sq.km. A 3,000 km arc of four large islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu) and 3,000 small islands in NW Pacific.

Population (2000) 126,714,220 +0.20%AGR

Capital Tokyo 34,500,000.

Peoples

Indigenous 98.8%; Japanese 98.6%; Ainu 0.2%; Foreign 1.2%.

Literacy 100%. Official language Japanese. All languages 15 (including 11 Okinawan-Ryukyuan dialects). Languages with Scriptures 2Bi 1por.

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