• A Family Opportunity in Japan | Missionary Perspectives, Ep 5

    Miller family featured in 'Missionary Perspectives'

    In this video from Jonathan Wu, Sterling and Emi Miller, missionaries in Tokyo, share about their work as a family in Japan. They also discuss the spiritual needs of the Japanese and offer advice on those going on short term missions trips. Missionary Perspectives is an educational series bringing insights from missionaries around the world. You can use this video clip as part of a Bible study lesson plan or curriculum...

  • Preparing for a 2020 Summer Team in Japan

    Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.

    Watch this short video to see how you can begin preparing.


    Are you passionate about partnering with the local Church to reach communities where Jesus is least known? Please pray about being a part of this opportunity in 2020!

    Contact us today by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or complete the “Pre-App” on the linked page to get started. Be sure to include “Japan 2020” in the message section along with your level of interest and/or questions. We’ll be in touch to start the journey!

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2020...{addthis off}

  • Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity?

    Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.

    Do you have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you have a growing interest to explore how God can use you as part of His global mission? This is a great opportunity to experience ministry with a team and a local church in communities where Jesus is least known. A specific love for Japan and some Japanese language would be wonderful but are not a requirement. A flexible heart and desire to serve are key. Watch this short video and see if this describes you...{addthis off}

  • An Invitation: Summer 2020 in Japan!

    Japan 2020 | Invitation from SIM USA on Vimeo.


    Japan is home to nearly 127 million people. Less than 1% of them are Christian.

    Through SIM’s partnership with Asian Access, we have an established relationship with Japanese churches that want to take the good news of Jesus to those who have never heard it. These churches are asking for more workers to help...{addthis off}

  • Connecting through Community Outreach

    Japan 2020 | Connecting through Community Outreach from SIM USA on Vimeo.

    Short-term teams and interns will take part primarily in two ministries, both under the leadership of the Japanese Church. First, they will come alongside the local Church to help them host outreach events such as block parties, culture nights, pick-up sports games, dramas, and conversational English practice. These creative avenues to making community connections will leverage the unique skills and gifts of each team...{addthis off}

  • The Opportunity for the Japanese Church

    Japan 2020 | The Opportunity for the Japanese Church from SIM USA on Vimeo.


    The summer of 2020 provides a unique opportunity for us to send workers, as Japan opens its borders for athletes and spectators from around the world gathering in Tokyo for the Olympics...{addthis off}

  • Japan Ministry Opportunities


    Note: Asian Access is currently evaluating each of its ministry programs and will be adjusting the pages in this section accordingly.

    ministry opportunities to serve


    Japan: Hungry for Christ's Love

    How can you impact this nation with tremendous sociological and spiritual needs? North Americans are uniquely qualified to reach the Japanese. Why?

    First, our own society is growing more Postmodern, losing any absolutes we once held dear. Takeshi Takazawa, a national leader has said:

    In many ways, Japan's mindset compares well to typical Postmodernism, and it has been that way long before we came up with the 'Postmodern' label."

    Second, Japan is similar to the West in that it is an affluent nation where money can't buy peace. Symptoms of this spiritual vacuum are obvious -- social turmoil in every city, suicide at all-time highs, scandals are commonplace, traditional religions on the decline.

    As a result, there's a hunger for Christ's love that you can bring!

    God may use you to help draw this strategic Asian nation to Himself. Are you ready to be used by Him?


    Various Ministry Lengths


    Short-Term and Long-Term Mission Trips to Japan

    There are four ministry programs, depending on the length you can serve:


    1-2 Week Opportunities in Asia


    Los Angeles Office Volunteer Positions

    • Volunteering in Southern California office; sometimes administrative positions in the Southern California office open up occasionally. When options arise, we will post them online.


    A2 Creative Team

    • Our communications department is always looking for volunteers to give assistance to its creative team. Got some free time? If you have some creativity and like to collaborate, then we need you! Got creativity? Then we might be able to utilize your skills.

    For more info about any of these service opportunities, keep reading on this site.


    Alumni Speak Out...

    Ken Fong"I’ve not only helped send our people to Japan through Asian Access, but I went with them myself. Asian Access is doing great things for God in Asia."

    Dr. Ken Uyeda Fong
    Podcaster, Asian America Podcast; Former Senior Pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles
  • Getting Started...


    1. Who is a Good Fit for Short-Term Ministry in Japan?

    Watch the brief video to see what kinds of people we're looking for...

    2. Are you comfortable raising financial support?

    Please note that SIM missionaries raise financial support. We trust God to provide and we will assist you in the support raising process! If this is a concern for you, our recruitment team will be happy to discuss this process with you further.

    3. Ready to take the next step? Here's how to get started!

    If after watching the video clip, you're interested in pursuing an application for ministry, the next step is to complete a contact form with SIM. The form is coordinated by and followed up by SIM, as part of our strategic partnership for Japan.

    To begin your journey, read these instructions first:

    1. Fill out the contact form on the SIM website.
      • When completing the form, be sure to indicate that you're interested in "serving in Japan" and that you found the contact form via go2japan.org. You can write this within the optional "Message" field or where it says: "Tell us about your interest in cross-cultural ministry".
      • Please note that this does not guarantee a Japan placement, but just helps SIM know how you came to them. 
    2. When on the SIM website, you will also be able to find different SIM regional websites that you can visit to learn more.

    We look forward to hearing your story and talking together about where God is calling you to serve.

    4. Now click the button to start your journey...

    Are you interested in sharing the gospel with people who don't know Jesus Christ? We'd love for you to join SIM in prayer, resourcing and serving. Click the appropriate button below and fill out the form below to connect with us. We look forward to hearing from you!