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The Land without Muslims

The Japanese do not feel the need to apologize to Muslims for the negative way in which they relate to Islam.

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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. The official policy of the Japanese authorities is to make every effort not to allow entry to Muslims, even if they are physicians, engineers and managers sent by foreign companies that are active in the region. Japanese society expects Muslim men to pray at home.

Japanese companies seeking foreign workers specifically note that they are not interested in Muslim workers. And any Muslim who does manage to enter Japan will find it very difficult  to rent an apartment. Anywhere a Muslim lives, the neighbors become uneasy. Japan forbids the establishment of Islamic organizations, so setting up Islamic institutions such as mosques and schools is almost impossible. In Tokyo there is only one imam.

In contrast with what is happening in Europe, very few Japanese are drawn to Islam. If a Japanese woman marries a Muslim, she will be considered an outcast by her social and familial environment. There is no application of Shari’a law in Japan. There is some food in Japan that is halal, kosher according to Islamic law, but it is not easy to find it in the supermarket.

The Japanese approach to Muslims is also evidenced by the numbers: in Japan there are 127 million residents, but only ten thousand Muslims, less than one hundredth of a percent. The number of Japanese who have converted is thought to be few. In Japan there are a few tens of thousands of foreign workers who are Muslim, mainly from Pakistan, who have managed to enter Japan as workers with construction companies. However, because of the negative attitude towards Islam they keep a low profile.

There are several reasons for this situation:

First, the Japanese tend to lump all Muslims together as fundamentalists who are unwilling to give up their traditional point of view and adopt modern ways of thinking and behavior. In Japan, Islam is perceived as a strange religion, that any intelligent person should avoid.

Second, most Japanese have no religion, but behaviors connected with the Shinto religion along with elements of Buddhism are integrated into national customs . In Japan, religion is connected to the nationalist concept, and prejudices exist towards foreigners whether they are Chinese, Korean, Malaysian or Indonesian, and Westerners don’t escape this phenomenon either. There are those who call this a “developed sense of nationalism” and there are those who call this “racism”. It seems that neither of these is wrong.

And Third, the Japanese dismiss the concept of monotheism and faith in an abstract god,  because their world concept is apparently connected to the material, not to faith and emotions. It seems that they group Judaism together with Islam. Christianity exists in Japan and is not regarded negatively, apparently because the image of Jesus perceived in Japan is like the images of Buddha and Shinto.

The most interesting thing in Japan’s approach to Islam is the fact that the Japanese do not feel the need to apologize to Muslims for the negative way in which they relate to Islam. They make a clear distinction between their economic interest in resources of oil and gas from Muslim countries, which behooves Japan to maintain good relations with these countries on the one hand, and on the other hand, the Japanese nationalist viewpoints, which see Islam as something that is suitable for others, not for Japan, and therefore the Muslims must remain outside.

About the Author: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs.

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270 Responses to “The Land without Muslims”

  1. Les Le Gear says:

    Smart people, the japanese.

  2. Faleen Fedol says:

    Wow what an article….sounds like a nice life to me.

  3. Emulating the worst in Japanese society instead of the best — rather appropriate for a people that has forgotten what it means to be a light to the nations, no?

  4. Lisa Liel says:

    Though they aren't all that friendly to Jews, either. Protocols was a best seller there.

  5. Lisa Liel says:

    There's no such thing as "a light to the nations". It says לאור גוים, not אור לגוים. It's a common misquote. It means that while the other nations are in darkness, we live in light. Not that we have some responsibility to them.

  6. This is how we should treat Muslims in our and other countries.

  7. This is how we should treat Muslims in our and other countries.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Educate yourself and then educate others:

    The politically incorrect truth about ISLAM one really messed up religion.

    This website has ample information to learn and share with outhers.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  9. The world is large enough to do things differently in different places.

  10. Mary Carufe says:

    The Japanese look down on everyone. Including us.

  11. Tim Upham says:

    Shinto is a fascinating religion, but unfortunately the Japanese created negativity towards that, as their state religion during World War II.

  12. Tim Upham says:

    They even look down upon the Ainu. Many Ainu came to Tokyo to escape discrimination on Hokkaido.

  13. Roger Bailey says:

    God help us here. Their religious beliefs remind me of the plegue that killed millions in Europe years ago. Shurecka law my ass. NOW should be concerned…..

  14. Roger Bailey says:

    God help us here in America…Islam reminds me of the great plague in Europe years ago. Killed millions! Schurika my ass. The NOW association should be concerned…..

  15. Donny Kligman says:

    In what way is this being "emulated"? Please present your top five examples.

  16. Donny Kligman says:

    Proof that protocols was a "best seller" there?

  17. Donny Kligman says:

    Tell that to cancer.

  18. Bill Poser says:

    As a Jew who has lived in Japan and who speaks and reads Japanese, I disagree with the claim that the Japanese are hostile to Jews as they are to Muslims. I have never encountered any anti-Semitism from Japanese people. Indeed, Japanese people are often curious about Jews and Judaism. Our reputation as intelligent and industrious was so strong in Japan that in the 1930's the Japanese government seriously considered encouraging Jewish immigration to the Japanese colony in Manchuria. During the Holocaust, many Jews came under Japanese control in Shanghai and Kobe. The Japanese ignored Nazi demands that they persecute us.

  19. This how is How We should be Forbid muslins in our country.

  20. This how is How We should be Forbid muslins in our country.

  21. Vivienne Banke says:

    Japan staat nu definitief niet meer op mijn to-do-lijstje.

  22. Steve Willis says:

    The USA should stop all musli immigration. They don't assimilate, they build enclaves where de-facto sharia is condoned by the courts, and serve to fund terrorist training in the USA and overseas. Limiting new entrants would be the beginning and deportation seriously considered.

  23. David Baden says:

    What a wonderful feeling it must be to live in a Muslim free society knowing that at least whatever hits you it won't be as a result of brainwashed fanatics that have terrorised so much of the world[Boston, London bombings, etc. etc.]The list of atrocities carried out by these people goes on for ever.I hope for their sakes that they don't change their policies.

  24. David Baden says:

    Spot on Steve,we have the same problem in Australia.A potential disaster looming.

  25. David Baden says:

    Spot on Steve,we have the same problem in Australia.A potential disaster looming.

  26. Denise Watkins says:

    Japan is teaching the whole world an interesting lesson.

    Excellent read. Everyone should read this.

  27. Julane Jazzique says:


  28. When the West becomes Islamic, Japan still has China standing between them and the humanity that is Sharia.

  29. Lisa L. Rose-Hawkins says:

    "Humanity that is sharia"… Ha! There is no "humanity" or honor in subjugation. Fortunately the West has someone standing between us and the horrors of an abusive "religion", His name is Jesus Christ.

  30. Lisa L. Rose-Hawkins says:

    It's been moved to the TOP of mine!!!

  31. My many years of experience in Japan would suggest that Japanese have a certain reverence for Jews rather than disdain.
    Their reputation for being highly intellectual and having a knack for success in business has resulted in many books written in Japanese, such as ユダヤ人大富豪の教え – 幸せな金持ちになる17の秘訣 (Teachings of a Jewish Millionaire – 17 Secrets of how to become a Happy Rich Man) and ユダヤ人の成功哲学「タルム-ド」金言集 (Success Philosophy of the Jews [Talmud] Maxim Collection).
    I've also known a handful of Jewish people who lived in Japan and never once did I hear them complain of any discrimination by the Japanese due to their faith/ethnicity.

  32. The Japanese are, generally speaking, very smart, common sense people. And fortunately, they haven't been influenced by the progressive/liberal crowd that has plagued the U.S. with the political correctness BS.

  33. I don't recall Japan being known as being "a light to the nations." Where did you get that?

  34. Linda Wagman says:

    I can actually see the "humanity" in Muqtadir's face, can't you, Lisa?

  35. A bit like Isrel firsters, who vote to send American mostly christians to their deaths to fight wars for Israel. Israhell is calling for NATO to wage war on Syria and Iran. how many Israeli soldiers do you think will die fighting these wars? None!!!! The nation of parasites will be deep in their bunkers when the bombs drop. And David Baden your'e not an Australian. You look like a white european immigrant to me who stole the land of the First nation people. Aren't the original people black, very black?? And how about restricting Jewish immigration. After all they do have a reputation for stealing other peoples land and property.

  36. Jesus Christ ( peace be upon him) is one of the most revered and special personalities in the history of Islam, and like you, we too await his return.
    Isn't it great we Muslims share so much with you Christians!!

  37. I agree, protocols exposes a lot about the Talmudic psycopaths

  38. Rachel Watts says:

    It is! I lived in Japan many years ago for about a year and a half. It is one of the most polite and safest societies one can imagine. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could!

  39. How about you treat Muslims just like Iran treats its respected jewish community, who by the way are not interested selling their Iranian citizenship for any amount of shekells.

  40. Gear One-Byb says:

    Nope I don't think so you still believe in stoning. We believe in getting stoned!

  41. Gear One-Byb says:

    That's not gonna happen bro. We love living as freely as the Govt. will allow us. So please stay where you are since there is no room for repressive theology in the west.

  42. Gear One-Byb says:

    Lisa L. Rose-Hawkins ,,Really Jesus will save the day?? OK…ur funny..

  43. Gear One-Byb says:

    Yep they do, see how they behaved during the tsunami, See how folks behaved during Katrina…They are perhaps the most civilized society among us..but passively arrogant..no one is perfect.

  44. Islam doesn't agree

  45. Shukeel Chohan what a load of crap. Israel is one of the only nations in the world that hasn't EVER asked the US to fight in anyway for them. You are a racist lying piece of cr*p

  46. always remember: religion is a very helpful personal illusion! helps you to live your life in a responsible way. it gives you freedom as long it is personal. yours only!

  47. This is a good article that describes how Japan has kept the Muslims from settling in and taking over their country. My opinion: The Koran teaches world domination, and the world has to submit to Islam or die. So Muslims that are trying to kill us are following their religion. Muslims that want to live in peace with the world are not really Muslim and true Muslims want to kill them. So Islam needs to be kept out of one’s society if you hope to have a civil society. So I would be interested in studying this anti-Muslim policy that Japan has established. Evil should be discriminated against.

  48. Kyle Sytsma says:

    lol@Muslims – You can't even claim that 2+2=4 and always will be 4, because to do so would be to claim that Allah must abide by this natural law and fact. And to do this means to claim that Allah is chained. To claim Allah is chained is heresy in Islam. MATH IS HERESY IN ISLAM.

    Good grief people. You can't even adhere to basic tenants of math as a Muslim, no wonder they stole all of their algebra "discoveries" from pre-Hindu India and their architecture from the Byzantine.

    Also, Muqtadir, did you specifically choose an angry face for your profile picture? Bad idea pants were worn that day.

  49. Nolawi Solomon says:

    dumb ass

  50. Nick Furry says:

    way to go guys.

  51. Frank Otto says:

    How does one fall "of" a bike?

  52. Japanese Leaders should be commended for their stand. Father Abraham definitely is not happy in Heaven each time he remembered he ought to have just listen to his wife but not to obey as he did. The result is Ishmael-"his hands shall be against everyone-Genesis 16:12. We will have to live with this until the return of the LORD JESUS!

  53. Heather Mathews says:

    Lived on the island of Okinawa for 4 years as a child- hoping to find a way back someday…

  54. We need to learn from Japan….

  55. as a matter of pure research can we drop Obama out of a plane at 10,000 ft it would be valuable to the scientific community to find out how high **** bounces.

  56. Elizabeth Soelberg says:

    Very smart people and policy. Wish the American government and the brainwashed Obama loving masses would feel this way too. Americans first. Stop all the 3rd world immigration for cheap labor and stop extremists of ALL religions from coming here.

  57. Scott Cooper says:

    Just because they don't allow themselves to be bullied by a religion that preaches hatred and intolerance? Why don't you move to a Muslim country if you love them so much, Jeremy?

  58. James Anthony M says:

    God Bless Japan, they had a rough time with the Tsunami. They are beautiful people….

  59. Scott Cooper says:

    Not every Muslim is a terrorist. But every terrorist is a Muslim.

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