Japan looks good on the surface. Japan is rich, has very few poor people, and low unemployment. There is 100% literacy, health care for virtually everyone, a lower infant mortality rate than the U.S., and the longest life-expectancy in the world by a good bit. Everything works. Japan is clean, and service is great.
Wow! They must be happy.
Wrong! Japan also has the highest suicide rate in the industrialized world. More than a million young people are so traumatized by the pressure of the society, or something, that they refuse to even leave their homes. “Zero-defect” thinking and pursuit of perfection may be great for building cars, but it is terrible for families and human relationships. Beneath the surface, Japan is hurting deeply.
Japan’s greatest need is the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why we want to go!