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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. Wink Windsor says:

    My guess would be the Muslims don't complain because they know they treat non-Muslims exactly the same in their own Islamic culture.
    Japan is smart.

  2. Wink Windsor says:

    Japan's first responsibility is to its own citizens. Unlike the U.S.

  3. Shukeel Chohan, what an idiot you are!

  4. Saudi Arabia, that disgraceful country, does not allow a single church or temple, locks Christians up if they pray together, kills Muslims who convert to Christianity, kills gays, etc. You seem to be a bit stupid.

  5. Wink Windsor says:

    The Protocols of Zion?
    That is a bogus, anti-Semitic book. It was not written by Jews.

  6. Wink Windsor says:

    "Isn't it great we share so much with Christians?"
    Yes. Now prove it by stopping the killing of Christians and burning of churches in Muslim countries.

  7. Ubin Bushwhacked says:

    Fortunately smarter than US Multiculturalists. SSSHHHHH! Maybe know one will notice.

  8. Wink Windsor says:

    No Rudolph was not a Muslim. But you see what we did with him. We held him accountable. We didn't call him a martyr,

  9. Wink Windsor says:

    Omar-Those who defend Saudia Arabia have no right to criticize Japan.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This article encourages racism ? Islam is not a race, it's an ideology.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Japan has set a wonderful example for the West to follow. All Muslims should be deported as well as their non muslim admirers. The West will be a hell for the next generation and thereafter if we do not carry this out.

  12. Rachid Ben says:

    When you allow mosques in the Vatican, then Churches will be allowed in Saudi Arabia.

  13. Rachid Ben says:

    Mario Corticeiro Are mosques allowed to be built in the Vatican?

  14. Rachid Ben says:

    Mario Corticeiro Gays are being targeted in europe by christians. Just check last week's BBC piece on that subject

  15. Ridwan Sheikh says:

    Saw some of the orig. comments to the article, very anti-Islamic. No doubt if the article was anti-jew the comments would not be hostile.

  16. Jay Evans says:

    How lovely that would be in our country – however, it's far too late here. Wonder if Japan would allow some of us to live there – I'd go!

  17. Do you like raw fish?

  18. Was Japan macht ist total richtig. Deutschland müsste wenigstens ab sofort die gleichen Konsquenzen ziehen wie Japan: nur noch Einreise von Menschen, die die westliche Zivilisation und das Grundgesetz bejahen.

  19. Omar Özbek says:

    Do you know why you wouldn't call him a martyr. Because he didn't fight against a country who occupied his own country. He was an outright terrorists.

    Our martyrs are martyrs because they are fighting against your imperialist murderer forces who have been torturing our people. They truly are martyrs.

  20. Omar Özbek says:

    No one defends Saudi Arabia.

  21. Omar Özbek says:

    Wink Windsor No one defends Saudi Arabia.

  22. Omar Özbek says:

    Mario Corticeiro Ok. They are doing exactly what the Japanese are doing now, which you support! So again, why would you criticize them?

  23. Yicel Cyka Banegas says:

    stupid article for stupid people!

  24. Alison Flanegan-Elder says:

    LIKE! A lot!
    Very intelligent FORWARD thinking people.

  25. Shukeel Chohan – educate yourself about islam – a toxic cult. Religion of peace is an incredible misnomer & you have been poorly informed.

  26. Omar Özbek you are an idiot. You probably are islamic too. figures. Go back to reading your book of the devil.

  27. Rachid – another islamic apologist. Wake up, do your research & see exactly what islam is.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Such ignorant masses. Just because some muslims are bad you folks along with the majority japanese want to trash Islamic faith. Islam is the creator of heaven's and earth's instruction on how to lead you life the way he has prescribed. Unfortunately, majority of evil is perpetrated by the so called evil transgressors and has nothing to do with the faith of Islaam or the true followers of islam.

  29. Again – do your own research Meghana. Its so simple to see what islamics are & are not – they are definetly not some peaceful religion you think they are. See the posts of the "rebel" fighting in Syria who ate the heart of a Syrian solder – what about the Bangladesh muslims cannibalising the hindu. Look at all the atrocities being handed out globally by islam daily. Islam says Mohammed was the perfect person and that he had 'married' a 6 year old girl. So they condone pedophilia, apostacy is punishable by death, and so on and on..wake up.

  30. You are exactly right. Seems he is protecting them, maybe because of oil, probably because he's a muslim as well.

  31. Put simply, like you – Islam says Mohammed was the perfect person and that he had 'married' a 6 year old girl. Do your research on islam.

  32. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of losers Japanese are and the one's that support that racist ideology! Idol worshippers and being arrogant. Who would want to stay in their lousy country anyway!

  33. John Steel says:

    I think I might move to japan.

  34. David Baden says:

    Shukeel,you poor brainwashed Moslem moron,just so typical of the culture that is causing so much trouble in the world.Despite the evil,predjudiced rubbish that you promote,I actually feel sorry for you and your kind!! Even if you reply to this,don't worry I won't demean myself any further to reply,it is a complete waste of time reasoning with people of your mentality.

  35. Nancy Tyler says:

    I only wish the US was more like Japan in this sense

  36. Good information, Bill Poser. It makes sense. Too bad some of the holocaust Jews could not have escaped to Japanese territory.

  37. For anyone who has been reassured of peace by a muslim 'friend', start your research with learning the meaning of just one simple word.
    Taqiyya. That word is a huge part of their common practice with us trusting heathens.

  38. Anna Vazquez says:

    I love Japan! Kudos for them!

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