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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. R Aaron Arce says:

    you're a scumbag

  2. Anna Vazquez says:

    Screw Sharia! I am happy with my Faith & I don't need Islam BTW the WEST will NEVER become Islamic Go Home & STAY there!!

  3. Seamus Wolftone Hyland says:

    educate yourself about the definition of cult

  4. Anna Vazquez says:

    Linda Wagman hahahhahahahhah very human! hahhahahaa

  5. Scott Taylor says:

    Interesting Op-Ed.

  6. Katie Smith says:

    I think that Dr. Kedar is wrong about Japan's relationship to Muslim diplomats. Apparently he is unaware that Japan has official ties with Iran and that Iranian diplomats do visit Japan and bring their Islamic propaganda masquerading as "culture-sharing".

  7. Mick Beeche says:

    Yahabibby Durka Durka

  8. I never heard of an imam touching kids and such. But i always hear priest doing things of that nature. Just like there's bad Muslim, there's bad Christian.i love being Muslim.

  9. Humanity??? As in beheading critics, mutilating wives, and selling daughters to pedophiles in marriage? Just to name a few of your institutionalized atrocities. And the West over my dead body, as well as millions more who will reject your taqiyya lies.

  10. Katie Smith says:

    The Japanese are impressed by people who are successful, make money, and raise secure families. The Jews represent that in spades, and I would agree–the Japanese have a type of reverence for that. It's also true that a former high-level member of the Japanese government got into trouble some years back for saying he wanted Japan's economy to grow so strong that "Jews would want to live here". It may be hard for people who are PC to understand but that was a great compliment–not an insult.

  11. Katie Smith says:

    He sounds confused in many ways.

  12. Love and respect Japan even more.

  13. Michaela Coombs says:

    Me too, I wish Australia would follow.

  14. Jan Nguyen says:

    Shukeel Chohan , the "respected Jewish community" has to pay "protection fee" to be able to live "peacefully" in Iran.

  15. Chris Leibundgut says:

    Nobody is demanding a church be built in Mecca, moron!

  16. Let Syria fight it's own civil war. It makes no sense to be involved in a civil war in Syria which is way more deadlier than anything. it's stupid and it would only result in a stalemate.

  17. Chris Leibundgut says:

    Christianity does not condone deviant priests sexually abusing children. Muslims on the other hand revere a pedophile 'prophet' who sexually violated a 9-yr old girl as "the most perfect human being to ever walk the Earth." Nuff said.

  18. Jacob Woodard says:

    shukeel, you're a jackass.

  19. The Japanese are a smart people-they were prepared for that earthquake but not the tsunami that followed it. The United States is not prepared for that type of Earthquake.

  20. Jacob Woodard says:

    shukeel, again you are a complete idiot. israel has been handing you your asses on it's own….without the help of the U.S. By the way, how's Palestine going?

  21. Roger Pankow says:

    Not getting a whole lot of LIKES there, are ya, Jeremy Milgrom?

  22. good for them this is how it should be in America as well.

  23. Noel Aronson says:

    @Shukeel Chohan: Iranian Jews actually try not to make too much noise in Iran and keep a low profile. Most would likely escape in a heartbeat and sell their citizenship for 10¢ if given the opportunity. The people there are in a prison. Only people who support terrorism speak like you. I'm sure you support that regime too! Go live there since you find them so respectful!

  24. Martin Donohoe says:

    " In Japan, Islam is perceived as a strange religion, that any intelligent person should avoid." Genius, sheer genius.

  25. Honest….no excuses…

  26. Jon Lake says:

    We could learn a lot from Japan.

  27. Jesse Dyer says:

    That is interesting.

  28. Amazing concept of a country! Now I feel Japan deserves more respect!

  29. Shukeel Chohan haha in Bible ? Read and understand koran then after the bible

  30. He is an perfect example of this race

  31. Yicel Cyka Banegas says:

    Ive done my research on Islam, i have asked and ppl have said the same! Mohammed didnt merry a 6 year old girl, she was young yes! About 16 or 17 years old, but now tell me this, ppl judge islam for what you hear and what ppl make up on the t.v about them! There are tons of religions that have there own colture! Some even worst then this, so how come target at always the islam? This religion is one of the strongest ever, even more then catholic, us catholic,, because i am one of them, have lived a lie all our life, we are a joke to all other religions!we believe in the sign of the cross, meaning that for us that should be disrespectful! But islam! Thats a hard one to break down! Why because they say its the right way! With no changes on the quran unlike the bible! Anyways this is just a very long story!and i have heard about it many times from many people! Not just muslim ppl! Just ppl that dont have hate for any religion but speak out the truth of what is going on and what has been going on since past years! So really! If small minded people believe everything they hear on the t.v then we as humans are not going any where! No progress just hate for others and fear! So if thats the life you love! Cause that is what they teach us now,,to hate and disrespect to love a nation, a country! But not god.. Then go ahead.

  32. Dwight Bogan says:

    Islam is the religeon of the anti-christ, enough said.

  33. The Japanese understand the divine institution of Nationalism. In that way, they are better than Americans. A long and detailed study of the Pacific War has taught me more than a little of that race, and there is a great deal we could learn from them.

  34. To bad the USA politicians are dumb. Take lesson from the Japanese. There is nothing that comes from a muslim that is good. People can be good, but those who choose to be a mussy and islamy in the name of allah are not peaceful. THe Christian God is not muslim version of allah.

  35. അന്ധമായ മുസ്ലിം വിരോധം മാത്രമുള്ള മനസ്സ് ..

  36. Scott Murner says:

    worth a read…and some thought.

  37. Josh Jordan says:

    I think Shukeel Chohan could possibly be a terrorist himself after looking at his facebook page. I am almost positive he at least wants Israel to be wiped off the Earth. This is way off subject, but maybe it would be best just to turn the middle east into a parking lot for the oil rigs… The rest of it can glow in the dark…

  38. Daniel Frank Katz says:

    The author writes:

    " In Japan, Islam is perceived as a strange religion, that any intelligent person should avoid. "

    Now if only the rest of the world would learn from the Japanese.

  39. DM Murdock says:

    So, avoiding violent jihadis and rabid misogynists is "emulating the worst in Japanese society?" A bit skewed, aren't we?


  40. DM Murdock says:

    Millions of Iranians DETEST Islam and do not want it in their country. It is an Arab invader cult that has abused them horribly, so why are you defending it?


    Jews have been in Persia since long before the Arab invaders forced Islam on the people there. Since then, many have fled and been killed. Oh, and I did a Google search for Jews in Iran – here is what I found:

    "At the time of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, there were approximately 140,000–150,000 Jews living in Iran, the historical center of Persian Jewry. About 95% have since migrated, with the immigration accelerating after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when the population dropped from 100,000 to about 40,000."


    So, perhaps instead of calling others "ignorant," YOU should do some research before stumping for a murderous and misogynistic ideology that has destroyed countless cultures.

  41. DM Murdock says:

    "Humanity," gee, you mean like this?

    What Islamic/sharia law represents:

    Honor killings
    Supremacy/global domination
    Limb amputations
    Genital mutilation
    Death to apostates
    Forced conversion
    Sex slavery and rape
    Women enslavement
    Wife beating
    Child marriage/rape
    Brutality against homosexuals
    Bigotry and hatred
    Robbery and pillage
    Extortion of nonbelievers
    Animal cruelty
    Prohibition of music/singing
    Destruction of pre-Islamic antiquities
    Etc., ad nauseam


  42. Stephen Murner says:

    Sounds like the reverse of how Muslim controlled countries work without the jail sentencing and threats of violence.

  43. Japan, something we should emulate.

  44. Caitlin Jenny Ross says:

    Bring this way of life to canada!!!!!!

  45. Amy Wilkie says:

    It's nice to see there's some hope left in the world of a society free from fear of a meat-cleaver to the neck at any given moment because my face isn't covered or my t-shirt says 'if ya not down wit allah – hollah.'

  46. Robert Barry Francos says:

    Excuse me, but while I'm no fan of Sharia, we in the US need only look at the Christian-based Tea Party to realize what the American Taliban looks like. ANY religious order that is in charge of a government is not open to other's beliefs. While Israel is often looked upon as the "Jewish State," they are actually mostly secular, and let all roam free. When the Mulsims were in charge of Jerusalem, for example, Jews were not allowed at the Wall. When Israel liberated Jerusalem after they were attacked, all – including Muslims – are allowed at the Wall. If religious Christians were to be in control in the US, we non-Christians would suffer greatly.

  47. Robert Barry Francos says:

    It's quite simiple, really, Omar. If the so-called Palestineans would stop bombing Israel, Israel would soon be negotiating with them. If Israel stopped retaliating against Hamas, etc., the onslaught would increase. Yeah, that makes Israel the villian.

  48. Robert Barry Francos says:

    Rachid, that is not fair. I'm no fan of the Vatican at all, but it is basically a town inside a church, not a country or real city. That's like saying "Well Starbucks won't let a Dunkin' Donuts open inside its store." If you said that about Italy, that's one thing, but about the Vatican, that's something else.

  49. Frédéric Doré says:

    go blow yourself up, i bet abraham will be happy.

  50. Scott Lane says:

    good policy japan….shukeel chohan you sound like a muslim radical waiting to blow his dumbass up…better put you on the terrorist watch list.

  51. Gahaa Pacino says:

    Then the Japanese are racists. However a world without Muslims is a better world.

  52. Omid Mirshafiei says:

    To be clear, I endorse your comment on the article (hypocrisy), not the views of the author.

  53. steve it will never happen esp with a muslim president

  54. Jason Shechter says:

    Yeah I'm not really into the "let's get rid of all of these people, they cause all our problems" argument.

  55. Al Swanson says:

    Interesting that this article comes from a Jewish point of view. Certainly no bias there.

  56. Sharon Knapik says:

    Er, the US was a leader in instituting construction standards to withstand earthquakes…

  57. Time other countries follow the Japanese…no wonder Japan is free of terror attacks.

  58. Phil Pickering says:

    Maybe Europe should adopt this attitude, but definitely England should adopt this.
    Enough is enough.

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