2. This month, 50,000 Scouts worldwide will be gathering in Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Jamboree In Japan
3. This has been scheduled to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 & 9 August).
4. Special Remembrance services will be held, with Scouts participating, at the sites where the devastating atom bombs were dropped.
5. Japan is recognised as the world's third largest economy, yet it has been rocked by recessions and economic stagnation in recent years. Economic Superpower
6. Despite a lack of natural resources and oil, Japan has one of the world's most powerful exporting orientated economies.
7. Unlike most economies, Japan has a high savings and enormous trade surplus.
8. However, the low birth rate and ageing population presents major societal and economic concerns for the future.
9. The Japanese have a strong work ethic and are polite, yet materialism dominates the ambitions of these very busy people, so they give little thought to God and Eternity.
10. Tokyo/Yokohama with 36 Million people, is one of the largest cities in the world. Over 66% of the population of Japan are urbanised. Life expectancy is 82 years. Urbanised Mission Field
11. The multiple religious loyalties of the Japanese can be seen in that 85% describe themselves as Buddhist and 90% Shinto!
12. Japan is an extremely materialistic culture. Its own leaders call Japan: "A superpower without a moral compass."
13. Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world over 30,000 a year. Bullying and teenage prostitution are major social problems.
14. Japan is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. Missionary Challenge
15. Of the 126 Million people in Japan, 85% claim to be Buddhist
16. and only 1.5% members of a Christian church.
17. Of the 2 Million Christians, barely 600,000 would identify themselves as Evangelical. Only 10% of the Japanese population believe in the existence of a personal God.
18. The concept of a Creator-God is foreign to most.
19. Strong pressure to conform to the social norms and the shame/honour mentality held by many Japanese, makes conversion to Christ very difficult.
20. A pervasive nationalistic Shintoism makes Missionary work extremely difficult in Japan. Japan is the largest unevangelised Missionfield that is completely open to Missionaries.
21. Three-storied pagoda and Nachi no taki or the waterfall of Nachi in Seiganto-ji Temple in Mt. Nachi
22. Ayako-tenmangu, a Shinto shrine.
23. A huge tree of Nagi, the sacred tree of Kumano Sanzan
24. Japanese Temple - Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions
25. The main shrine of Kumano Hongu-taisha Grand Shrine
26. The symbol of Kumano Sanzan is Yatagarasu, a three-legged bird which was considered to be a messenger of god since ancient times.
27. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century.
28. Shintoism in Japan is known as the religion of the gods,
29. Some prominent rocks are worshiped as kami.
30. There are 15,575 congregations in Japan, consisting of 1,291,021 church members and 2 Million adherents. 3% of Japanese would identify themselves as Christians. Christians in Japan
31. Christians are a small minority in a society where consensus and conformity are important. House Churches have been effective in reaching Japanese.
32. The San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church is part of the Holiness Conference, which stems from OMS (Oriental Missionary Society) International
33. Christians in Nagasaki
34. 70% of all churches in Japan have an average attendance of less than 30. On average, woman attenders outnumber men, 7 to 1.
35. Yet there are approximately 300 Japanese Missionaries serving in 34 countries.
36. Japan has a 100% literacy rate. This highly literate, reading, commuting society offers an excellent market for publishing and distributing high quality Christian literature. Strategic Literature Ministry
37. Yet, there are only 100 Christian book stores in the whole country.
38. Pray for the impact of the Japanese Church on the nation. The churches in Japan desperately need Biblical Reformation and Spiritual Revival. Reformation and Revival
39. They need to turn from their insular bunker mentality to engage with the society and effectively Evangelise their nation.
40. "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to Salvation for everyone who believes." Romans 1:16
41. PRAY FOR JAPAN
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