In Japan, the number of Muslims has grown significantly over the past decade, as more and more people are converting to Islam in this East Asian country
According to Tanada Hirofumi of Waseda University, the number of Muslims in Japan has more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to The Economist.
In 2010, statistics showed that the number of Muslim believers in Japan was 110,000. By the end of 2019, their number had increased to 230,000 (including 50,000 Japanese converts).
The rise in Muslim numbers has led to the construction of mosques, prayer sites and halal food restaurants across the country.
There are 110 mosques in Japan today, a welcome change, according to Muhammad Tahir Abbas Khan, a professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and head of the Beppu Muslim Association (AMB).
A similar trend is associated with the loyal attitude of the country’s government towards Muslims, as well as the strong Tatar community that has been living in Japan for over a century.
It is worth noting that the interest of the Japanese themselves to Islam will only grow and in the future it will be possible to observe a significant community of Muslims among the indigenous inhabitants of this eastern country.