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.
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.
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