Day 4

Japan, East Asia
Population: 126,920,000
Chief of State: Emperor Akihito
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Christians: 2.2%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism (Shintoism)
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 84.74 Years
Literacy Rate: 99%
Population Below Poverty Line: 16%
Refugees Living in Japan: 12,491

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A strict immigration policy has helped make Japan one of the world’s oldest and most homogeneous societies. However, in order to address the shrinking work force, Prime Minister Abe announced plans to increase the number of migrant workers invited to fill vacant positions. Though the government has not released any numbers, it is said the invitations may increase the migrant workforce by up to 40 percent. Anti immigration protests held in Tokyo were followed by anti -racist protests. Pray that changes taking place will cause unease that results in many seeking spiritual peace and stability in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Isaiah 43:19).

Abe wants foreigners to bolster Japan’s shrinking workforce but finds vocal resistance

Guinea-Bissau, West Africa
Population: 1,726,000
Chief of State: President José Mário Vaz
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira
Christians: 11.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.8%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 54.27 Years
Literacy Rate: 55.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Guinea-Bissau: 8,807

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A fishing boat carrying 60 migrants capsized off the coast of Guinea-Bissau. A coast guard commander said they had no information about who was on board, but that they had been able to ascertain about 60 people were onboard when it departed. Due to the financial situation in this country, there is no funding for fuel for the coast guard patrol boats, so no one was able to go to help. The boat’s wreckage was found, but no bodies have been recovered. Pray for creative and effective solutions to stem the flow of African migrants wanting to leave their nations for Europe (The Bible, Psalm 22:26).

Scores of migrants feared dead in Guinea-Bissau boat mishap (Al Jazeera)