The Chubu region is in the center of the main island of Japan and generally refers to the 9 prefectures of Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, and Aichi. It is a vast area of different land features including plains and mountains, and city areas around Nagoya.
Chubu contains some of the most unchurched prefectures (Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui), which is perhaps due to the strong Buddhist influence. Ishikawa is nicknamed “the kingdom of Buddhism”; Toyama has the highest percentage of Buddhist followers; and Fukui has the highest number of Buddhist temples per population.
Japanese people have gone to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples for centuries. Many find comfort in repeating the simple rituals of purification and prayer. They seek blessing for important life events, enjoy festivals, or find refreshment in the nature that is part of many religious sites. Shinto and Buddhist influences have shaped Japanese society and identity in significant ways. But through Christ, Japanese people can find their deepest belonging in the God who created them.
Out of the 99% of Japan’s population who are non-Christian, let us ask for an increase in the number of seekers throughout the country. May they eagerly accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!
There are 102 mission schools registered as corporations, including universities, graduate schools, junior colleges, vocational schools, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and kindergartens. (as of 2020)
Many children and students are enrolled in mission schools. Religion and Bible time is included in classes, and worship services are held regularly. Going to church is also encouraged. However, with very few Christian teachers, there are few people who can share the living faith and speak the Word of the Bible in a lively way. Let us pray that mission schools will be used as a place to touch the Lord's life in such a situation.
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