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 >>
It has been exactly one year since Japan was rocked by an earthquake and tsunami that killed 16,000 and left 3,300 still unaccounted for. The country took a moment of silence to remember all those affected by the natural disasters.
"I'm unable to wipe away the sense of regret having lost my mother and wife because we underestimated the tsunami," Kosei Chiba told MSNBC. "We can't just stay sad. Our mission is to face reality and move forward step by step. But the damage the town suffered was too big and our psychological scars are too deep. We need a long time to rebuild," he said.
The earthquake, which registered at a 9.0 on the Richter scale of one to 10, set off powerful reactions across the country. A tsunami followed, which devastated the country and hit a nuclear plant, causing lasting damage to residents. Nuclear reactors released potent chemicals and unleashed criticism and panic on a scale larger than the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. more >>
Japan launched another spy satellite Monday in an increased effort to keep tabs on its Asian neighbors.
The satellite can snap pictures of Earth in all weather conditions, including rain and fog. The device can also capture images in the dark.
Japanese officials maintain that the satellite is for spotting natural disasters like the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that stuck the island nation in March. more >>
A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the shores of Japan’s southern Okinawa Island Tuesday.
Initial reports stated that the quake, which occurred at 11:59 a.m. local time, struck about 135 miles northwest of Naha, Okinawa, and 309 miles from Taipei, Taiwan, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Despite the trembler’s strength, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue any alerts. 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 >>