Japan is an East Asian country located in the NW Pacific comprising an

arc of over 3000 islands, four of them being large.  Of the 127 million

people, close to 37 million live in the Greater Tokyo Area, Japan’s

capital and largest metropolitan area in the world.  It is a

constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.  It maintains an

extensive modern military force in self-defence and peacekeeping roles.

Japan is a leading nation in scientific research.  A major economic

power, it is a large exporter and importer.  The public debt is very

high, but private savings are high, protecting many individuals from the

poor economic performance of recent years.

The March 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami devastated lives and

country.  Radiation from a damaged nuclear plant further threatens life,

health and ecology in Japan and contaminates the world by ocean and air.




95.5% are Japanese, which includes 0.02% Ainu, the aboriginal people.

1.5% are Foreign (0.5% Korean, 0.3% Chinese, 0.3% Filipino and other

Asian, Western).

While having an extremely low homicide rate, Japan has a high suicide

rate of over 30,000 per year, a leading cause of death for people under

30.  The declining birth rate and ageing population are challenges.




70% of Japanese claim no personal religion, but the majority follow

Buddhism.  Historically, Japanese identity is deeply tied to Shintoism.

Many also follow some of the hundreds of newer religious movements that

are off-shoots of these.  The main ones are: Sokka Gakkai (10m),

Risshokosekai (5.5m), Seicho no le (3.7m).  Therefore, the following

figures cannot adequately show the multiple religious loyalties.

Buddhist ~69.59%, Other ~23.7%, Non-religious ~5%, Christian ~1.54%,

Muslim ~0.15%, Baha’i ~0.02%

Protestants are ~0.44%, Catholics ~0.4%, Independents ~0.25%, Anglican

~0.04%, Orthodox ~0.03%

Groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons have grown numbering

nearly as many as Protestants or Catholics.

Evangelicals are ~0.5% and charismatics are ~0.3% (~0.2% of those are



Donna Siemens




Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.


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