Japan

 

Population: 127.8 million (2011)

Capital: Tokyo

Official language: Japanese

Major religions: Shinto and Buddhism

IFES movement: Kirisutosha Gakusei Kai (KGK)

Christians are a small minority in Japan, constituting less than 1% of the population.  Material prosperity, the lures of this world, and peer and family pressure are challenges to their faith. 

 

KGK

  • 780 colleges and universities in Japan
  • 200 have groups with some connection to KGK
  • 21 full-time, 6 part-time staff and many volunteers 
  • graduates groups across Japan
  • largest group in Tokyo (30 people); some universities may have only one contact

Christians are a small minority in Japan, constituting less than 1% of the population.  Material prosperity, the lures of this world, and peer and family pressure are challenges to their faith.

KGK Japan is underpinned by faithful graduates and strong support from churches. It is an active movement, one which was very involved in relief work following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Challenges facing KGK students include materialism, liberal theology and a lack of time to stop and reflect. 

 

View from the inside

Ryuichi Yamazaki, the former General Secretary of KGK Japan, says that what excites him about student ministry is the ‘hope of laying foundations for a better future in Japan and the world through the church.’ 

One of his challenges comes from Acts 9:15:But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.”’ He comments, ‘The scope of this verse has given me a heart for ministry to people from every nation and tongue. We are hoping to start up a ministry to international students next April.’ 

 

Please pray:

  • for students to ‘live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God’ (Colossians 1:10);
  • for financial provision for the movement;
  • for the new ministry to international students.
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May 12

Loving your neighbour – Thailand and Japan ‘pre-empt’ World Student Day

Posted by Penny Vinden

When KGK Japan chose the theme for their national conference, they didn’t know it was the theme for this year’s IFES World Student Day! All they knew was that they wanted to love their neighbour. 

Oct 16

Japan and South Korea: Students working for reconciliation

Posted by Penny Vinden

Tomorrow the IFES family celebrates World Student Day. We rejoice that we are a global family as we lift one another up in prayer.

But in any family there are sometimes disagreements or difficult relationships. While we recognize that this is true in the IFES family, we are grateful that we are united by a God who has broken down the barriers of hostility between groups and brought us peace (Ephesians 2:14-27).

KGK Japan

Shigenori Oshima

General Secretary

c/o OCC Building 3F
2-1 Kanda Surugadai
Chiyoda-Ku
TOKYO 101-0062
Japan

office@kgkjapan.net

+81 33 294 6916

kgkjapan.net

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