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So why does Japan and Tohoku need missionaries? Isn’t it a developed country? Well, here are some reasons why we are here and why you may want to be involved in partnering with us.

  • Japan is one of the most unreached areas in the world by the gospel. The Tohoku region is particularly unreached.

  • Though the church is small, Japan is one of the few places in the world where the evangelical church is declining every year.

  • Japan has a very high suicide rate. In 2016, 21,897 people committed suicide; this is the equivalent of 60 people a day. 4 of the top 10 prefectures with highest suicide rate in Japan are in Tohoku.

  • Family breakdowns are very common. Due to long working hours and a broken family culture, Japan is known to be a “fatherless” nation. Many grow up without knowing the love of their father.

  • Many people are recovering and rebuilding their lives after the deadly earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that caused massive damage and took the lives of nearly 20,000 people along the coast of Tohoku.

  • Out of a population of 127 million, only around 1% know Jesus.

  • Though Japan is materially well off, it is spiritually very poor.

  • There are still many cities and towns where there is no church at all, especially in Tohoku.

  • Culturally, people follow Buddhism and Shintoism and worship their ancestors.

  • Many Christians tend not to share their faith with friends due to a strong culture of not wanting to offend.

  • Christians find it hard to attend church and focus on God because of pressure from society and long working hours.

  • It is said that an average “faith life-span” of a Christian in Japan is 3 years (meaning that, many leave church or stop actively following Christ).

  • New Christians can face the risk of being disowned by family due to the pressure of ancestor worship, a tradition that has been passed down through many generations.

Join Us!

If you feel you may be called to Japan, and if you are willing to drop everything and follow the leading of Holy Spirit to love the Japanese, then we would love to have you join us on staff!

As a staff member at YWAM Sendai, you will become an integral part of a pioneering missional community where your giftings and personality will shape our culture and influence how we reach the Japanese. We will pray together, worship together, work together, dream together, and have fun together. All of our staff members are encouraged to invest in spiritual disciplines so as to deepen our awareness of Jesus’ wonderful presence in our lives. It is out of a place of rest and satisfaction in God that we can pour out love to those that are loved by Him.

You should come ready to pursue God in prayer and worship and be committed to developing a naturally supernatural lifestyle. You should also be flexible as this is a (pre)pioneering YWAM community. We are currently based in YWAM Tokyo and hope to move to Sendai by Autumn 2018.

In order to join as staff you need to have completed a YWAM DTS. After praying and getting a clear confirmation that God is calling you to Japan, your next step is to fill in the application forms. Your application forms and references must be received by us, as well as the application fee, in order for us to process your application. We will then pray through your application to hear what God is saying. After we have felt we have heard clearly from Him, we will communicate to you as soon as possible.


YWAM Team?

Are you a YWAM team looking to do outreach in Japan? We would recommend getting in touch with YWAM Tokyo for accommodation and opportunities to serve in the Tokyo area. For opportunities to serve in Tohoku, please get in touch with us for ideas and contacts. Sadly, we are not yet based in Tohoku, but we know some great people who are!

For teams wanting to work with YWAM Tokyo

YWAM Tokyo Team FAQ

For ideas and contacts for outreach in Tohoku

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The way you discover your gifts is really by serving not by searching.

Loren Cunningham • Founder


Many people don’t realise that Japan is one of the least evangelised nations on earth. Around 1% of the population know Jesus. Japan is often overlooked by people wishing to support missions because it is not a poor country. Yet the spiritual needs are great. Your donations help us to meet the expenses of reaching the lost and bringing His Kingdom to Japan.

Here are some examples of our financial needs:

  • Outreach events.
  • Computers, office, musical and technical equipment.
  • Resources, promotion and material costs of developing more ministries to serve students, youth at risk, children and orphans, human trafficking victims, and those suffering under social injustice, to name just a few of our pioneering efforts.
  • Outreach vehicles.
  • We would like to purchase office and meeting space.
  • To support the vision to have other new missional communities pioneered throughout Tohoku and Japan.
  • To help support Japanese people to join YWAM. There is not yet a strong church culture to financially support young missionaries in Japan, and this is a large barrier for many Japanese to join the mission field.

Please contact us for information on how you can give:

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