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Japan Student YMCA


Student Christian Movement in Japan not only played a vital role in the formation of student movement but also helped in the formation of World Student Christian Federation. As early as 1870, there were attempts to form student movements; “Believers in Jesus” was one of such attempts. In 1888 Student YMCA movement was founded. In 1901, the Japan city YMCA alliance was set up and was merged with the student YMCA alliance in 1903 to become the National Council of YMCAs of Japan.

Japan Student YMCA websiteContact:

Japan Student YMCA
National Coordinator
7 Honshiocho
Tokyo 160-0003

Contact: Yuria Yokoyama, Wataru Arizumi
E-mail: yokoyama[at],


Country information

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Country Japan
Capital name: Tokyo
geographic coordinates:
35 41 N, 139 45 E
time difference:
UTC+9 (14 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Population 127,078,679 (July 2009 est.)
GMT +9
Location Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean Peninsula
Area total: 377,835 sq km
374,744 sq km
3,091 sq km
includes Bonin Islands (Ogasawara-gunto), Daito-shoto, Minami-jima, Okino-tori-shima, Ryukyu Islands (Nansei-shoto), and Volcano Islands (Kazan-retto)
Ethnic groups Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6% note: up to 230,000 Brazilians of Japanese origin migrated to Japan in the 1990s to work in industries; some have returned to Brazil (2004)
Religions observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)
Languages Japanese
Government type constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government
National holiday Birthday of Emperor AKIHITO, 23 December (1933)
Constitution 3 May 1947
Legal system modeled after German civil law system with English-American influence; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations
Internet country code .jp


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