Japan
Nihon
July 9-12
Asia
Factbook

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9 Young people are becoming a ‘rare’ breed due to the low birth rate

10 Christian literature — in no other country of the world is literature more appropriate for evangelism

a) More Christian writers of evangelistic and apologetic literature who can communicate with non-Christian enquirers

b) Understanding of the Scriptures

c) Christian bookstores which number over 110

d) Evangelistic literature

11 Christian radio and TV are useful tools for reaching the electronically-minded Japanese

a) Christian TV programmes

b) The many Christian radio programmes aired in Japan

c) Foreign short-wave Christian radio stations

d) The JESUS film on video — a new version has received high acclaim

e) The growing use of the Internet presents exciting new possibilities for outreach, but few have yet exploited its potential

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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.

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.

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