Why are there no Muslims in Japan?
The question itself is a provocative myth, since there are Muslims in Japan. Islam is practiced by both people who came to work from Asian countries (Pakistanis, Iranians, Indonesians), and native Japanese. There are only a few thousand Japanese Muslims, but they are United in the Federation of Muslims of Japan.
Every year, several Muslims from Japan make a pilgrimage to Mecca (Saudi Arabia). There are 30 mosques in Japan. the oldest one, in Kobo, was built in 1935 by Muslims from the Russian “white emigration”, mostly Tatars. The largest mosque is located in Tokyo, it was re-built in the 70s, the old mosque building was demolished.
However, it is fair to say that those who practice Islam in Japan still have problems. One of them is caused by a very busy work schedule in Japanese enterprises and offices and a six-day work week. This often makes it impossible for Muslims to regularly perform namaz, and on Fridays – to visit the mosque.
But this kind of problem is caused, according to the Japanese Muslims themselves, by the weak familiarity of Japanese society with the traditions of Islam. They have nothing to do with various fabrications on the Internet, for example, about the prohibition of the use of the Arabic language, the importation of the Koran into the country, and other fictions.