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- Stats for Japan
In Japanese schools, struggle and perseverance are seen as normal. Japan has a more Tight culture than China and will adhere to tradition more strongly. Japan is one of most homogenous cultures in the world and will not trust others easily. Japan is very Competitive, tending to be group-connected -- as with company work groups. Japan and the U.S. are probably the highest nations on Doing in the world. Japanese are the most Neutral communicators in the whole world. Japan is one of the highest Uncertainty Avoidance nations in the world. The high amount of drinking by Japanese men may be a way of reducing pressure. Teenage prostitution is a problem in Japan, partly due to sex not being seen as very special. Gifts are often given in business meetings, including one for the wife and mistress.
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 126.8 M (10th); Human Development Index- 17th; Internet Access- 86.03% (18th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Japanese (98.5%); Foreign (1.5%, includes Korean, Chinese, Filipino, other Asian, Western); Ainu (0.02%, aboriginal inhabitants); May be 1 million illegal immigrants (Pakistani, Iranian, Bangladeshi, Southeast Asian).
One of the world’s most powerful export economies, but few natural resources. Has had great economic growth since WWII; Has been in a very low growth since 1990’s. Low birth rate has led to an aging population, with dire social and economic consequences predicted.
History / Politics
Japan has a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. Leaders say Japan is a “superpower without a moral compass;” Many lack hope for the future. Youth struggle most and have high rate of suicide, bullying, and teen prostitution. High suicide rates and divorce in older adults confirms the problems. Constant threat of earthquakes, economic decline, and social isolation cause issues. 200,000 women have been imported by organized crime as prostitutes. One-third of books and magazines in Japan are manga (graphic novels).
Idolatry in temples and ancestor worship in homes remains strong. Many Japanese claim no religion, but follow traditions of Buddhism or Shintoism. Those aged 18-23 are the most open to the Gospel. Catholics and Protestants grew between 1945-1960, but have grown little since then. Japan is the largest unevangelized country that is completely open to missionaries. Lack of remorse over war crimes might be a hindrance to spiritual growth.
Japan needs a revival of the highest order; May the Lord open their hearts to Him. Pray especially for the youth, who are more open to the Gospel. Pray that Japan would take responsibility for their poor treatment of other nations in WWII.