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  • Historic flooding hits Eastern Japan in the wake of Tropical Storm 18

    imageJapan (MNN) — The aftermath of unexpected flooding in eastern Japan is revealing shock and trauma.

    A one-two punch by Typhoon Goni and Tropical Storm 18 (Etau) forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people and left large parts of one town submerged. Asian Access missional partner Sterling Miller explains, “It’s been a...

  • 70 years after WWII; further generations shouldn’t be predestined to apologize

    image Japan (MNN) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzu Abe brought dissatisfaction and caused a stir in several Asian countries with his 70-year commemoration World War II speech.

    But Asian Access is working to bring peace and unity throughout the Asian and global church.

    During his speech, Abe expressed grief and reaffirmed past apologies from...

  • The Japanese Church: change is the key

    Photo courtesy By そらみみ (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (<a href=Japan (MNN) -- If you keep up with worldwide Church trends, check this out. In Japan, few people are stepping into Church leadership roles. Churches have begun considering other possibilities. Gary Bauman of Asian Access explains: "We need new leaders coming in from outside because there is very definitely a Christian subculture in Japan. In many...

  • Japan: how cool is that?

    Japan: how cool is that?Japan (MNN) -- Ever heard the term 'Cool Japan'? Asian Access' Takeshi Takazawa explains this cultural phenomenon. "'Cool Japan' is the pop culture of Japan beginning to influence other cultures."  What would that influence look like if the Gospel was involved?  "I think God designed this age to influence and solve the problems of humanity by sa...

  • Healing continues for Japan

    imageJapan (MNN) — Four years after the worst peacetime disaster to strike Japan, there are still some injuries and scars that are fresh.

    In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude undersea quake struck Japan, triggering a massive tsunami off the Central and Northeast side of the island nation. Within moments, walls of water erased whole towns in the Tohoku region....

  • Triple disaster in Japan remembered

    image Believers pray as 4th anniversary of Japan’s triple disaster is remembered.

    Japan (MNN) — Yesterday marked four years since Japan saw the worst triple disaster in the nation’s history. The country had a moment of silence yesterday, March 11 at 2:46 p.m. (0546 UTC), the exact moment a 9.0-magnitude undersea quake hit the...

  • Typhoon Phanfone compounds disaster in Japan

    Typhoon Phanfone compounds disaster in JapanJapan (MNN) — Barely a week after the volcanic eruption on Mt. Ontake, Japan was hit again early Monday morning, this time with Typhoon Phanfone.

    President of Asian Access Joe Handley asks for prayers for Japan. While Asian Access does not have personnel near Mt. Ontake, they are hopeful that...

  • More on Mt. Ontake

    jeff johnstonJapan (MNN) -- Ruth Kramer of Mission Network News and Jeff Johnston of Asian Access discuss the Mt. Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan.

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  • Tragedy on Mount Ontake

    Tragedy on Mount OntakeJapan (MNN) — Mount Ontake’s unexpected volcanic eruption is the deadliest in Japan since 1926.

    The death toll is at 48 after as more victims were discovered on the summit, noted media reports yesterday. According to Japan’s Meteorological Society, Mount Ontake is Japan’s second-highest active volcano; it last had a minor eruption seven years ago.

    Caution is prudent. On Saturday, the eruption of the 10,062-foot peak, 125 miles west of Tokyo, blanketed the peak with a deadly rain of ash and stone. Asian AccessVice President for Advancement Jeff Johnston explains, “The eruption really


  • Collaboration and North American missions

    Collaboration and North American missionsUSA (MNN) — The 2014 Missio Nexus Leadership Conference for North American mission groups has come to an end. However, the new strategies and relationships formed during the four-day event in Atlanta, Georgia are only just beginning. Among the major takeaways from this year’s event: collaboration.


  • Housing nuclear challenges still plaguing Japan

    jpn-temp-housing-2Ruth Kramer of Mission Network News speaking with Joe Handley about Japan’s state after 3 years following the triple disaster. 179,000+ people still remain in some form of temporary housing, even though the government had planned to move them out after two years. Some of these temporary buildings a...

  • Triple disaster effects linger in Japan

    Triple disaster effects linger in JapanJapan (MNN) — It’s been about three and a half years since the triple disaster–earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster–hit Japan and devastated hundreds of thousands. (Refresh your memory here).

    We spoke to Joe Handley of Asian Access about what Japan looks like in light of these disasters...

  • Typhoon pounds Japanese Islands

    (Image courtesy NASA)Japan (MNN) — Typhoon Neoguri was downgraded from “super typhoon” status but still socked Japan with a powerful punch.

    Neoguri (which means raccoon in Korean) left a destructive trail throughout the Okinawa island chain with strong winds, heavy rain, and large waves. Even so, Takeshi Takazawa...

  • Takeshi Takazawa's Progress Update at the 3rd Anniversary

    Takeshi TakazawaJapan (MNN) -- Three years after a devastating earthquake/tsunami, hope remains. At the three-year mark of the Great NE Japan Disaster, listen to Takeshi Takazawa share a progress update and some stories of hope.

    "They have seen a tangible love, and they're responding to it."

    He also discusses...

  • Hope remains in disaster zones

    Hope remains in disaster zonesJapan (MNN) — It’s been three years since a devastating tsunami and corresponding nuclear crisis hit northern Japan. Survivors are still struggling today, but Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access (A2) says hope remains.

    “We have seen many, many people becoming Christians. They have seen the t...

  • Olympic Vision 2020 underway in Tokyo

    Olympic Vision 2020 underway in TokyoJapan (MNN) — The strains of the closing anthems have barely faded away in the Fischt Olympic Stadium (Sochi, Russia), and things are already getting busy in Tokyo, Japan.

    Why? Tokyo plays host to the 32nd Olympiad in just six years.

    They’re not the only ones with their sights set on 2020. Several y...

  • 7.3 quake strikes off coast of Fukushima over weekend


    Japan (MNN) ― A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook Japan early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Asian Access president Joe Handley says, "The earthquake hit: it was a strong shake. Everyone felt it all the way down to Tokyo. But the impact was negligible for the most part."

    The quake was...

  • Mission Network News Interview - Joe Handley - Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    joe-handley-bw MNN's Ruth Kramer interviews Asian Access' president Joe Handley about the 7.3 quake in Japan this past weekend.

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  • Japan lashed by deadly Typhoon Wipha

    Japan (MNN) ― When Typhoon Wipha took aim at Japan's Fukushima region, people worried. No one has forgotten that the area suffered severe damage in the 2011 quake/tsunami/nuclear disaster. Meteorologists branded the monster storm as a "once in a decade event."

    Today, there's a collective sigh of...

  • Fukushima bears a unique legacy

    Fukushima bears a unique legacyJapan (MNN) ― Bad news keeps washing back on Japan's shorelines. The Tokyo Electric Power Company says roughly 300 tons of highly radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank at Fukushima.

    The nuclear power station was the focus of the third part of Japan's nightmare in 2011, which