The Japan I knew and loved, having studied and worked there for two years back in the 1970’s, never would have allowed this to happen. Japan has never been very welcoming to foreigners and made it virtually impossible for foreigners to obtain Japanese citizenship and extremely difficult to obtain long term residency permits.
RAIR Fondation But today, the religious landscape in Japan is witnessing a disruptive and dangerous shift, primarily attributed to the increasing number of migrants from Islamic states and intermarriage between Muslims and Japanese citizens.
Estimates suggest that the number of Muslims in Japan has grown from 10,000 to 20,000 in 2000 to over 200,000 today, a ten-fold increase in less than one generation. This demographic shift has led to the establishment of numerous mosques across the country, which were once a rare sight.
The construction of mosques, such as the Masjid Istiqlal Osaka, funded by donations from Indonesians, highlights the growing presence of Muslims in Japan. However, this growing diversity is beginning to pose the same challenges and friction between Islam and every other religious community in Japan.
Coexistence as equals was something that Islam’s Prophet Muhammad promoted only when he did not have the power to conquer. In the full context of the Quran, ‘peace’ means submission, and ‘tolerance of other religions’ means not killing those members who agree to live in a subjugated status to Islamic rule.
Amidst the burgeoning Muslim population in Japan, a confluence of challenges and tensions emerges, driven by the inherent incompatibility between Islam and the indigenous Shinto religion. With Islam’s unwavering assertion of monotheism, it collides head-on with the polytheistic and animistic fabric of Shinto, erecting formidable barriers to harmonious coexistence.
Shinto has historically demonstrated an inclination to embrace other religions, including Buddhism. However, the compatibility between Shinto and Islam is impossible due to their divergent theological perspectives. Islamic teachings emphasize the oneness of Allah and prohibit the worship of any other entities, which conflicts with the polytheistic nature of Shinto.
A recent attack in a Shinto shrine by an unemployed Muslim migrant, Mamadou Balde, 29, on the Mizuoka Hachiman Shrine in Tarumi Ward, Kobe City highlights the challenges of peaceful coexistence between Islam and Shinto. The incident, caught on camera and shared widely online, resulted in public outcry and raised concerns among Japanese social media users. In Japan, an Islamic attack on a holy site unfolded at the Mizuoka Hachiman Shrine in Tarumi Ward, Kobe City. Security cameras captured the actions as he brazenly vandalized the shrine’s offerings.
Mamadou proceeded to kick the offertory box, causing significant damage. The security cameras also captured him tearing off a bamboo tube from the chozuya, a water basin used for hand purification, and forcefully slamming a wooden box onto another offertory box. During the incident (below video), a witness heard Mamadou shouting, “There is only Allah of Islam, so there is no God here, so don’t pray here.”
Most Japanese citizens do not understand that the purpose of Islamic migration, known as hijrah, is to start jihad, and the purpose of jihad is to install Sharia (Islamic Law). As stated in refugee expert Ann Corcoran’s book “Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America,” “Hijra remains the model to this day for jihadists who seek to populate and dominate new lands.” To emigrate in the cause of Allah is considered in Islam to be a highly meritorious act.
“I charge you with five of what Allah has charged me with: to assemble, to listen, to obey, to immigrate and to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah” – Quote from the Hadith
With the influx of Islamic migrants into Europe, we witness a resolute determination among Muslims to uphold their religious traditions while exerting their influence on host nations. Their aspirations encompass an array of demands, ranging from the provision of halal food and the establishment of Sharia courts to the exclusion of non-Islamic holidays and curbs on educational practices. Embedded within these demands lies an overarching objective: the metamorphosis of their adopted countries into Islamic enclaves.
Regrettably, Europe finds itself hurtling towards cultural oblivion, and it appears that Japan is poised to tread a similar path of self-inflicted cultural decline.
On the other hand, Japan’s top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country’s Muslim population.