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Japan: The Land without Muslims

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Jewish Press: There are countries in the world, mainly in Europe, that are presently undergoing significant cultural transformations as a result of Muslim immigration. France, Germany, Belgium and Holland are interesting examples of cases where immigration from Muslim countries, together with the Muslims’ high fertility rate, effects every area of life.

It is interesting to know that there is a country in the world whose official and public approach to the Muslim matter is totally different. This country is Japan. This country keeps a very low profile on all levels regarding the Muslim matter: On the diplomatic level, senior political figures from Islamic countries almost never visit Japan, and Japanese leaders rarely visit Muslim countries. The relations with Muslim countries are based on concerns such as oil and gas, which Japan imports from some Muslim countries. The official policy of Japan is not to give citizenship to Muslims who come to Japan, and even permits for permanent residency are given sparingly to Muslims.

Japan forbids exhorting people to adopt the religion of Islam (Dawah), and any Muslim who actively encourages conversion to Islam is seen as proselytizing to a foreign and undesirable culture. Few academic institutions teach the Arabic language. It is very difficult to import books of the Qur’an to Japan, and Muslims who come to Japan, are usually employees of foreign companies. In Japan there are very few mosques.


Posted by on April 24, 2014. Filed under Asia. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses to Japan: The Land without Muslims

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    May we encourage some Muslims living in Japan to comment on this article?

  2. Salma Javid Khan

    April 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    @Rafiq: Perhaps this will serve as an answer.

    Japan: Prayer Park is blessed with “La ilaha illallah”: Al’humdulillah @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2014/04/religion/islam/japan-prayer-park-is-blessed-with-la-ilaha-illallah-alhumdulillah

  3. Anees Ahmad Nadeem

    June 18, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I think japanese people are very friendly and kind towards Islam . Thousands of Japanese Muslims rejecting that claim .
    There are dosens of mosques all around the country and jamat Ahmadiyya Japan is building the biggest mosque in Aichi Province .