Receiving the Church in Japan

Less than 2% of the population in Japan openly profess to be followers of Jesus Christ. Your support funds audio programs, Internet and mobile device outreach, biblical materials, leadership training, and more for Japanese-speaking believers and seekers. As part of our outreach, we partner with churches in Japan to help local Christians connect, grow, and learn to share the Gospel.

Media Outreach

Video Program: IBUKI (Breath of Life)

Breath of Life is our newest online video channel that live-streams music and visual arts to present a broader view of what it means to be a Christian. Viewers--both seekers and believers--are invited to consider how Christ shapes their whole lives. 

A Media Ministry in Japan

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A Media Ministry in Japan

In an historic move, the Reformed Church of Japan (RCJ), Christian Reformed World Missions-Japan (CRJM), and Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) signed an agreement to strengthen media missions in Japan, where less than 2% of the population openly professes faith in Christ.  

On October 12, 2016, two hundred Japanese pastors and leaders gathered in Yokahama, Japan for the annual General Assembly of the RCJ, and unanimously approved the creation of the denomination’s first missions agency—a media ministry. This...

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More than 840,000 listeners’ lives are being touched by our Morning Word radio program

countries

Our Japanese broadcasts reach people in more than 65 countries.

programs

All six of our Japanese radio programs are available online and by mobile APP, plus four are aired on radio stations.

Rev. Masao Yamashita

Rev. Masao Yamashita

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“It is very important to connect listeners to local churches. The power of the radio and Internet ministry is great, but listeners may have a hard time making any personal connections. If not connected to a local church, they become floating souls.”
—Rev. Masao Yamashita

Masao became the Japanese ministry leader in 1998. He was raised in a Buddhist family, but at age sixteen he borrowed a Bible. As Masao read it, he felt God speak to him. He began attending a local church and started listening to our Japanese radio program The Morning Word. A year later he committed his life to Christ. Masao studied at Kobe Reformed Seminary and then graduated from Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Masao and his wife, Tomoko, have four children and six grandchildren.

Japanese Media Outreach

Video Program: IBUKI (Breath of Life)

Breath of Life is our newest online video channel that live-streams music and visual arts to present a broader view of what it means to be a Christian. Viewers--both seekers and believers--are invited to consider how Christ shapes their whole lives. 

Audio Program: Tohoku Asa no Kotoba (Morning Word)

Morning Word is a 5-minute Bible-teaching program aired on three commercial radio stations in Northern Japan and can also be heard online. The program is designed to attract seekers to God’s Word.

Devotional: Asa no Kotoba (Morning Word)

Morning Word, a 5-minute daily devotional, is received by thousands of cell phone subscribers each Monday through Saturday. The program can also be heard online.

Audio Program: Kirisuto eno Jikan (The Hour for Christ)

The Hour for Christ is a weekly evangelistic message presenting biblical truths. The program is broadcast on Sundays, and can also be heard online.

Audio Program: Seisho wo Hirako (Let’s Open the Bible)

Let’s Open the Bible is a weekly biblical sermon available online.

Audio Program: Namiko’s Hohoemi Talk (Namiko’s Smiling Talk)

Namiko’s Smiling Talk is a 15-minute evangelistic program featuring Bible stories for children who may have no other way to hear about Jesus. Families can access the program or download audio files online.

Devotional: Rijoisu (Rejoice)

Rejoice, a daily devotional, is produced in cooperation with the general assembly of the Reformed Church of Japan. It can be read or heard online and via mobile app.