More Christians in Japan than are commonly recognizedPosted: September 22, 2014
It is commonly repeated that only 1% of the Japanese are Christian, but apparently that is wrong. Here is a reported religious breakdown of the religious inclinations of Japan’s 126 million people:
55.2% Buddhists (69,931,454)
25.9% New-Religionists (32,827,640)
10.2% Nonreligious (12,905,945)
3.6% Christians (4,559,573)
2.9% Atheists (3,642,371)
2.1% Shintoists (2,669,167)
So there are actually more Christians than Shintoists in Japan!
Of course, some of those 3.6% ‘Christians’ are foreigners living in Japan and some are Japanese who have joined cults like Catholicism and Mormonism. But nevertheless it is still encouraging to see such a large number of reported Christians in Japan.
Evidently most Japanese who visit the Shinto shrines do so culturally, but are actually Buddhists, or have no religion. In fact, since it is reported elsewhere that polls show two-thirds of the Japanese profess no religion, many nominal Buddhists don’t even take that religion seriously either. And yet it is reported that half the homes in Japan have a Bible.
So there has been a significant erosion of the old religions, the Christians now out-numbers Shintoists, and half the Japanese have the word of God already in their house … what will happen next?
There has also been a recent up-tick in missionary activity to Japan after the 2011 Fukishima earthquake and tsunami disaster. This all combines at this time to create a very interesting situation. Support overseas missions and please pray that we will one day see a harvest for Jesus Christ in Japan.