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The Alliance has a rich history in Japan and has played a key role in advancing the gospel there. Our missionaries entered the country in the early 1890s, a few decades after Japan opened its doors to the outside world. They settled in western Japan and began evangelizing and training Japanese believers to reach their countrymen with the good news. Our Japan missionary force reached a peak of 16 missionaries in the early 1900s but withdrew from the country in 1937. In 1952, the C&MA resumed ministry there.

Today, Japan is among the least-reached nations of the world, even though it is one of the easiest countries for missionaries to enter. Despite tremendous challenges, our workers and their national partners are laboring faithfully to see Christ’s Church firmly established in this land dotted with Shinto shrines and dominated by ancestor worship. Some of the creative approaches employed by our Alliance team include sports evangelism, teaching English, music outreaches, friendship ministries to university students, and outreaches to young mothers.

Despite relatively slow growth, 42 Alliance churches have been established in Japan with a total membership of about 3,000. In addition, the Japan Alliance church is sending cross-cultural workers to other parts of the world.

Hope House was launched by C&MA missionaries to reach blue collar workers and their families in the Hiroshima region of western Japan. Its focus is on ministering practically to families of patients in the regional medical center and to Higashi Hiroshima Medical Center personnel. Our workers envision Hope House as a place of rest for families who have loved ones in the hospital as well as a venue for providing help and education, including the teaching of medical English, to hospital personnel.

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National Church

Japan Alliance Church: 35 organized churches, 7 unorganized groups, 38 ordained ministers, 3,113 baptized members, and 3,500 inclusive members

Team Initiatives

  • Assist existing churches in reaching new areas.
  • Provide encouragement to churches in youth and family ministries and missions mobilization through resources, seminars, and events.
  • Impact new geographic areas and people groups using existing relationship networks.

The Alliance at Work in Japan

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Demographics

Population
Population—127,417,244
Infant mortality rate—3.3/1,000
Life expectancy—81.2
Capital City
Tokyo (31,139,900) pop.
Geography
About the size of Montana, Japan (145,882 sq. mi.) is an archipelago consisting of four main islands--Honshuy, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku. The terrain is mountainous with mostly inactive volcanoes.
Languages
Japanese
Ethnicity/Race
Japanese—99%
other (mostly Korean)—1%
Economy
Per capita income—$29,400
Inflation—0.1%
Unemployment—4.7%
Literacy rate—99% (1995 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government. Japan remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally.
Religion
Shintoist, Buddhist—84%
other (including Christian 0.7%)—16%

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