For many people, FEBC is the only “church” available in Japan! We are the only Christian broadcasting company in all of Japan, broadcasting the Gospel to 127 million people in a land where less than 1% of people believe in Jesus Christ.
We ask for your generous gift to help raise the $75,500 needed to keep FEBC on the air in Japan, and to expand our outreach to even more tortured souls and hurting hearts.
Japan Ministry Highlights
FEBC-Japan produces radio programs from its studios in Tokyo, Japan, which means FEBC is the only Christian broadcasting company in all of Japan. These programs are aired 75 minutes a day from a high power 300 kw medium wave transmitter on the island of Jeju in South Korea, which is strong enough to reach all of Japan. The Jeju Station is owned and operated by FEBC-Korea. Daily broadcasts can also be heard on FEBC-Japan’s website.
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FEBC-Japan developed a church/pastor visitation project 13 years ago, which involves staff visiting churches all over Japan and encouraging people who tune into their broadcasts. For those unfamiliar with the radio program, literature and CDs are provided.
Most of FEBC-Japan’s programs are distributed by MP3 discs for sale; demand is high because the program content is good quality.
In 2012, 6263 listeners called, emailed, or texted our offices in Japan.
Background on Japan
Government: parliamentary government with a constitutional monarchy
Population: 127 million – Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6% (Total adherents exceeds 100% because many people practice both Shintoism and Buddhism.)
Religion: Shintoism 83.9%, Buddhism 71.4%, Christianity 2%, other 7.8%
While Japan’s official policy on religion suggests freedom of choice, the truth is quite different: those who attend a church are oftentimes ostracized by family and friends.
This is especially acute in a group-oriented society like Japan’s, where people make decisions based on the good of the group, not the individual. If someone belongs to a group out of the norm, such as Christianity, he is often cut off from familial attachments. This makes FEBC’s role all the more important, as we try to be both a teaching ministry and a worship service for a large number of listeners fearful of attending a church.
In spite of this stance, religion does not play an active role in the lives of most Japanese. Instead, they practice a cultural-based faith, rooted in rituals passed down from generation to generation.
Religious ceremonies are typically attended at 3 events: births, marriages, and funerals. The two main religions, Buddhism and Shintoism, do not involve a regular worship service. While Buddhism views earthly existence as transient and all human attachments as cumbersome, Shintoism believes all people are fundamentally good; evil spirits are the cause of problems.
Christianity comprises only 2% of the 127 million who live in Japan, and that includes both Catholics and Protestants. Part of the prejudice against Christianity is based on the fact that it is a Western religion, which does not fit in with the tradition-based Japanese culture.