Northern Pacific Rim
70% Buddhist; 68% are Unreached Peoples
Japan is a vital, energetic and dynamic society that is constantly reinventing itself— while struggling to maintain a semblance of its long lost past. The majority of Japanese classify themselves as both Shinto and Buddhist, and just over 1% as Christian. A large proportion of the population is, however, secular. Even among believers, only 50% attend church. Most churches have less than 30 people.
Japan consists of four main islands and about 1000 smaller islands. More than 75% of Japanese people live in crowded, sophisticated cities. About the size of California, its rugged mountain chains (some are active volcanoes) make up more than 72% of the total land area. Only 14% of the land is able for farming— leaving most of the countryside covered by dense, cultivated forests.