We are Dean and Sue Zemke, missionaries to Japan since 1996. After three years of language training, we moved to Asahikawa, a city of 345,000 on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, where we minister at Chuwa Bible Baptist Church. There are just two fundamental Baptist churches in our city. We have three adult children in the United States. Our website is www.zemkedesu.com
Japan is an archipelago of over six thousand islands. The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area.Our city of Asahikawa, with a population of 345,000, is the second-largest city on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. It has two small fundamental Baptist churches. Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported in the sixth century. Since then, the two religions have been coexisting relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree. Fewer than one percent of the population claims Christian beliefs or affiliation.