We are following God's call to go and preach the gospel to the Japanese. We have been accepted by the missions
organization Pioneers International. Please pray for us during this journey. Also, please consider partnering
with us by supporting us financially. To learn how to make donations please click the "Partner With Us" button
on this page. Aside from prayer and donations, you can also invite us to do presentations concerning the need
in Japan at your church. We are happy to do this regardless of whether we receive donations or not. Thanks!
Jeremy and Bonnie Malone
Watch Jeremy's Presentation
The Society of No Hope
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Every year for the last 14 years, Japan’s annual
suicide rate has been close to 30,000 people. 2011 has been particularly dark for Japan; 18,000+ Japanese
people died in the earthquake/tsunami, and on top of that, more than 35,000 people committed suicide that year.
Modern Japanese culture is known for its workaholism. The majority of people spend most of their waking hours
working. They are often unable to take paid vacation days due to social pressure. More than a few commit
suicide because of overworking.
Young People are Suffering
Hikikomori (def=pulling inward/being confined) is a type of extreme depression that seems to exist only in
Japan, and it is very common nowadays. Although official numbers are around 700,000 across the nation, a lot of
cases do not get reported. So, some researchers estimate that more than 1.5 million young people (mostly men)
are in hikikomori and have completely withdrawn from society. Some have just locked themselves in a room and
barely come out once a day to eat. Some have not spoken to or seen anyone for more than 2 years and have
completely withdrawn from human contact. Some people say it’s internal suicide or living like a corpse.
Unable to Self-replicate
Japan’s Protestant church attendance rate is 0.22%. (Stats are from 2009, see here in Japanese.) The total
Christian percentage, including Catholics, is less than 1%. Out of the 0.22% Protestant church attendance rate,
some missionaries have said roughly 75% are confessing Christians. Roughly 75 - 80% of that number are
evangelical Christians, and roughly 10% of that number are Christians under the age of 30. While this stat
cannot be confirmed, if true, this means that less than 1 in 4000-5000 people under the age of 30 are
evangelical Christians. (Almost all of the young Japanese Christians that I have been in contact with did not
know a single Christian their entire lives - not a single cousin, uncle, aunt or family member, not a single
co-worker or fellow student or neighbor, and the majority just assumed that Christianity = something American,
etc. until they met a missionary or fellow Japanese Christian.) Simply put, there are so few Christians (both
Japanese Christians and missionary workers) in Japan - even with 100% freedom of religion - that the church
cannot reproduce on her own.
The field is ripe
The miserable case of unhappiness has been surging in Japan. People are questioning their status-quo, and many
of them are not very happy with the way things are in life. They are stressed, concerned, and uncertain. They
want the real answer to their ultimate life question, and we have the answer in the Bible.