This region contains the prefectures of Tottori (Japan’s least populated prefecture), Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi. Hiroshima city, the major city in that region, was the site of the first devastating atomic bomb during WWII.
At one percent of the population, Christians are a small minority in Japan. Sometimes there may only be one believer in an entire classroom, club, company, or family. It may be difficult to withstand social pressures and to publicly self-identify as Christian.
In 2020 more than 28% of Japan’s population was aged 65 and over. This is increasing as Japan’s population shrinks due to declining birthrates and a growing number of “lifelong singles.”
There are enormous long-term implications. The healthcare and pension systems are under stress. A growing number of elderly people live alone and are becoming socially isolated.
Christians are also trying to reach out. Some churches run exercise classes or host seniors’ lunches. There are even elderly Christians who volunteer in nursing homes, seeking to befriend their peers.
Approximately 1.09 million people with intellectual disabilities live in Japan. (It refers to those who have developed the disease before the age of 18. This does not include the number of people with dementia who develop the disease at an older age.)The degree of disability is classified from mild to the most severe. Some people have difficulty being accepted by others. However, the Lord has engraved His image on each and every one of us. Let us pray that the Lord will give them the help they need so that their precious lives will shine forth to the fullest.
By installing a smartphone app called Echo, you will be able to use various functions that help you pray, such as reminder notifications.