Evangelist Will Graham took the message of the Gospel to Japan for his first time last month during a two-day Celebration of Hope event in the prefecture of Fukushima, an area of the country devastated by natural disasters and massive leaks of radiation.
"Japan has a Christian remnant that is less than 1% of the entire population. Because of Buddhism and Shintoism, many do not even understand the concept of the One True God. By and large they aren't what we would call 'anti-Christian.' They just don't understand the faith," Graham, the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham, told the Christian Post. (Note: a source close to CP says the reported percentage of Christians in Japan can vary based on those who are evangelical and those who simply identify as Christians [4 percent]. Missionaries will report a lower percentage [at least under 3 percent] in order to maintain funding, the source said.)
Graham said he was especially sensitive to the region's devastation. In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the area, followed by a deadly tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 15,000. Since then, the prefecture of Fukushima, home to a nuclear facility, has been considered a ground zero in terms of devastation as the plant still leaks toxic and radioactive water. more >>
A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan Monday, reportedly causing no major damage or injuries.
The earthquake struck at 5:32 a.m. around 72 miles southeast of Morioka on Japan's Pacific coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning was not issued and the quake was rated at a level 4 on the Japanese seismic scale, indicating that no major damage is expected.
Japan is still recovering from the devastating undersea earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami last March. The tsunami left over 19,000 people dead or missing and crippled Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, resulting in what was the worst nuclear disaster the world had seen since Chernobyl. more >>
Depression, chronic anxiety and thoughts of suicide continue to plague the people of Japan – post-tsunami.
Though this month marks the anniversary of Japan's devastating earthquake that struck the nation last March, taking nearly 16,000 lives and injuring more than 25,000 people, there is no need for reminders as residents continue to grapple with the aftermath.
Looking to combat the hopelessness felt by many of the people today, the Japan Campus Crusade for Christ is launching a suicide-prevention campaign, given that March also happens to traditionally be the highest suicide month. more >>
The nation’s first faith-based academic disaster research center located at Wheaton College in Illinois, aims to equip Christian churches and organizations to respond to natural catastrophes in the best way possible.
Wheaton College launched the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) just before the start of the fall semester. It is also one of the few disaster or humanitarian centers in the Midwest, according to school officials.
The institute is using its experience in Haiti and a planned trip to tsunami-affected areas in Japan to equip relief organizations. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Seven months after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, about 50 members of a church that was located just a few miles from the destroyed Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant are still looking for a place to call home.
Still leading his dwindled congregation housed in a campsite outside Tokyo, Pastor Akira Sato has authored a book about the story of Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church. Prior to the disasters, Sato’s followers were part of a rural four-campus, multisite church having about 200 members.
Rurou no Kyokai (Exodus Church) is currently the best-selling Christian book in Japan. Written in Japanese, Sato and his publishers are in the process of having it translated into several languages, including English. more >>
Two separate earthquakes were reported in Japan and Cuba Thursday, with neither temblor resulting in injuries or immediate damage.
A magnitude 6.2 quake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast, shaking buildings in Tokyo. Occurring about 225 kilometers east of Tokyo at a depth of 6.2 miles, the quake was centered off the coast of Ibaraki, according to the nation’s Meteorological Agency. The agency said the earthquake presents no threat of a tsunami.
In a separate event Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey registered a magnitude 6.0 quake off the coast of Cuba. The temblor was centered about 68 miles from the north coast of Jamaica. The earthquake occurred about 25 miles off Cuba’s coast, nearly 38 miles southeast of the capital city Havana. more >>