The younger generation of Japanese however are much more open to the gospel and the following article illustrates that, I’ve included some clips from it below but the entire article is a very interesting read.
Christianity on Upswing in Japan (WorldNetDaily)– LOS ANGELES, Calif. A poll conducted by the Gallup Organization has yielded some surprising statistics on Japanese attitudes toward religion, morality and spirituality.
Researchers were also surprised by high numbers of teens who claimed the Christian faith, while the traditionally dominant religions, Buddhism and Shintoism, though still claimed by many adults, suffered declines among teenagers. Some respondents answered that they belonged to more than one religion.
Of the 30 percent of adults surveyed who claimed to have a religion, 75 percent considered themselves Buddhists, 19 percent Shintoists, while 12 percent considered themselves to be Christians.
Researchers were especially surprised at the large number of Japanese youth who claimed the Christian faith. Of the 20 percent who professed to have a religion, 60 percent called themselves Buddhists, 36 percent Christians and followers of the traditionally dominant Japanese religion, Shinto.
At first it almost makes it sound like there is 12% Christian in Japan, but that is only talking about 12% out of Japan’s 30% who claim to have faith in a god. If you do the math given in this article there is 0.36% Christian population in Japan, that is about 4 million out of 128 million.
Japanese teens are open to the gospel but there remains few churches and missionaries ministering in Japan to tell the good news (Romans 10:14-15). It is heartbreaking that although a considerable number of Japanese believe in some form of afterlife there is little hope for that life. The gallop poll also showed that…
- 85% of Japanese teens wondered why they existed (22% for U.S. teens)
- 13% of teens believe they exist for a reason (76% for U.S. teens)
- 11% of Japanese teens wish they never existed (3% for U.S. teens)
It also revealed that there was a high degree of fatalism and nihilism among Japanese teems and on matters of morality there is a strong relativistic streak across all generational gaps.
What you believe about the afterlife directly effects how you live in this life. It is my continued prayer that Japan would come to know that Jesus is the true source of eternal life… in this life and the life to come (John 17:3).