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Ministry Description

In 1982, Yoshito and Hisako Kato returned to Japan to begin the new ministry of Word of Life in Osaka. They immediately started translating the Bible club materials into Japanese and started clubs in four different churches, holding leadership training meetings each month. They also started camps during the summer and Intensive Study Marathons during the Spring, Summer, and Winter school vacations. In 1990, the Kato's moved operations from Osaka to Tokyo. In 1999, Tomoo and Kaori Koike moved to Sendai, in the northern part of Japan to begin Bible clubs there. Camps are run in Sendai, Tokyo, and at the Word of Life Island in New York. Since the beginning of the ministry they have sent over 80 Japanese students to the Word of Life Bible Institute in New York and Florida.

Country Description

While retaining its time-honored culture, Japan has rapidly absorbed Western technology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Japan is located in eastern Asia, it is an island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan. With an area of 378,000 sq km, slightly smaller than California, it is home to 127 million people of whom 84% observe either Shinto or Buddhist, and only 0.7% claim some form of Christianity.

Contact Information

Word of Life Japan
732 Lake New Town
Karuizawa Hochi Kitasaku Gun
Nagano Ken
Japan 389-0113

1 (973) 333-4629

Our Missionaries

Peg Clayton

Jodi Davis

Jamie Dixon

Yoshito Fujii

Randy & Dale Gilmore

Josiah Henderson

Noel Ishikawa

Lindsay John

Yoshito Kato

Tomoo & Kaori Koike

Skip & Keturah Lake

Junko Matsuda

Hannah Parrish

Nick & Emilia Pokorny

Kazuaki & Mana Shiobara

Mana Shiobara

Kelly & Kim Smith

Karina Thrush

Derek & Hitomi Underhile

Josh Zoccola

Short-Term Missions

Hunter Adkins
Student Fusion

Mary Arnett
Student Fusion

Sophie Azevedo
Student Fusion

Elijah Beebe
Student Fusion

Julia Berardelli
Student Fusion

Student Fusion

Christy Chen
Student Fusion

Gillian Cormier
Student Fusion

Hunter Crick
Student Fusion

Alex Ford
Student Fusion

Terry Haney
Student Fusion

Azja Jones
Student Fusion

Wesley Kovacs
Student Fusion

Rachel Miller
Student Fusion

Biruk Jermaine Moore
Student Fusion

Dakota Murphy
Student Fusion

Sarah Poludniak
Student Fusion

Isaac Roach
Student Fusion

Jenna Romberger
Student Fusion

Marah Seaver
Student Fusion

Jodie Selman
Student Fusion

Emily Short
Student Fusion

Ippy Short
Student Fusion

Eileen Snowden
Student Fusion

Rae Stearns
Student Fusion

Erik Stiansen
Student Fusion

Max Thivierge
Student Fusion

Jess Tobey
Student Fusion

Yoshizane Usami
Student Fusion

Liz Van Schaick
Student Fusion

Emily Wolfe
Student Fusion

Ethan Yann
Student Fusion

Student Fusion

Jadon Yoder
Student Fusion

Johanna York
Student Fusion

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Learn more about Japan


SYME Japan

From Hannah Parrish, an intern in Japan: We have started the Fall SYME term in Japan. We are doing evangelism training with all the staff. It is really interesting because it is from an Eastern perspective. I have been so blessed by it. I am more excited and feel more equipped to share the gospel in... read more

New Life in Japan

We recently received the testimony of Mrs. K., a Japanese woman who made a profession of faith last fall in evangelistic meetings my wife and I held in Saitama Prefecture. The missionary pastor of the church asked my wife,Dale, to share her testimony through a cooking demonstration on Saturday. Then... read more

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