Japan: The World’s Most ‘Islamophobic’ State?
Did you ever wonder why Japan, which is the most intolerant to Islam, was never targeted by the transnational Islamic terrorists? Well, I think the main reason is because Japan is the most ‘islamophobic’ country in the world.
The Islamists, Liberals and Libertarians accuse anyone who would dare to criticize Islam of ‘Islamophobia’. Wikipedia defines this new form of ‘phobia’ as a “prejudice against, or hatred or irrational fear of, Muslims.”
This online article reveals the history of ‘islamophobia’ and political purpose of those who invented the term:
“The term “Islamophobia” was invented and promoted in the early 1990s by the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), a front group of the Muslim Brotherhood. Former IIIT member Abdur-Rahman Muhammad — who was with that organization when the word was formally created, and who has since rejected IIIT’s ideology — now reveals the original intent behind the concept of Islamophobia: “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.” In short, in its very origins, “Islamophobia” was a term designed as a weapon to advance a totalitarian cause by stigmatizing critics and silencing them.”
If this term is defined as irrational fear or hatred of Muslims or Islam, then I think Japan is one of the most, if not the most, islamophobic countries on earth. Or: Japan is never a politically correct society.
The reason? They are as follows:
- Japan is the only nation that does not give citizenship to Muslims.
- In Japan permanent residency is not given to Muslims.
- There is a strong ban on the propagation of Islam in Japan.
- In the University of Japan, Arabic or any Islamic language is not taught.
- One cannot import a ‘Koran’ published in the Arabic language.
- According to data published by the Japanese government, it has given temporary residency to only 2 lakhs, Muslims, who must follow the Japanese Law of the Land. These Muslims should speak Japanese and carry their religious rituals in their homes.
- Japan is the only country in the world that has a negligible number of embassies in Islamic countries.
- Japanese people are not attracted to Islam at all.
- Muslims residing in Japan are the employees of foreign companies.
- Even today, visas are not granted to Muslim doctors, engineers or managers sent by foreign companies.
- In the majority of companies it is stated in their regulations that no Muslims should apply for a job.
- The Japanese government is of the opinion that Muslims are fundamentalist and even in the era of globalization they are not willing to change their Muslim laws.
- Muslims cannot even think about renting a house in Japan.
- If anyone comes to know that his neighbor is a Muslim then the wholeneighborhood stays alert.
- No one can start an Islamic cell or Arabic ‘Madrasa’ in Japan
- There is no Sharia law in Japan.
- If a Japanese woman marries a Muslim then she is considered an outcast forever.
- According to Mr. Kumiko Yagi, Professor of Arab/Islamic Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, “There is a mind frame in Japan that Islam is a very narrow minded religion and one should stay away from it.”
- Freelance journalist Mohammed Juber toured many Islamic countries after 9/11 including Japan. He found that the Japanese were confident that extremists could do no harm in Japan.
In this article (titled ‘Terrorists, Terrorism, and Japan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy’), Mizukoshi Hideaki wrote that a day after the September 11 attack:
Prime Minister Koizumi Jun’ichiro expressed hisresolve to combat such vicious acts of violence in cooperation with the international community. He directed his cabinet members to do their utmost to promote measures for countering terrorism. Japan’s fight against the al-Qaeda network began that day, and we are still battling the invisible enemy, more than twenty months after the attacks of September 11th. The Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which provided sanctuary to al-Qaeda, is gone, toppled by coalition forces, and Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq has collapsed, but international terrorism has by no means been wiped out. On the contrary, judging from events following September 11th, it is proliferating in all parts of the world.
Apparently, the Japanese clearly understood the threat of religious fundamentalism.
Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia is by no means a new phenomenon, predating the arrival of al-Qaeda by decades. Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) is a major terrorist group, and it is suspected of involvement in the Bali bombing and of having strong links with al-Qaeda. It dates back to the 1940s, when it was called Darul Islam. At first, Darul Islam and other Islamic extremist groups concentrated mostly on their local separatist agenda, but once the local groups forged links with al-Qaeda, their activities became radicalized and the level of threat they posed rose dramatically. In recent years, the local programs have been swept up into the al-Qaeda behest for world jihad, and al-Qaeda appears to be giving them both financial and technical support. This is accomplished through visits by al-Qaeda operatives to Southeast Asia as well as participation of Southeast Asian militants with experience in training camps in Afghanistan.
On Japan’s relationship with Islamic states in the Middle East and Africa:
As for Japan itself, the economic ties and flow of people between our country and Southeast Asia are stronger and more active than between Japan and, for example, the Middle East or Africa. Because of these connections, the burgeoning Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia poses a serious threat to our nation and its interests.
Another reason for concern is Japan’s relationship with the United States. On 12 November 2002, Osama bin Laden issued an audio message that was aired by Al-Jazeera, a major Arabic-language TV broadcasting station based in Qatar. In it, he named the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Australia as enemies. He did not specifically name Japan, but I believe that because Japan is an important ally of the United States, it may be included on al-Qaeda’s list of target countries.
Japan a possible target for Islamic Extremist groups:
There have been signs indicating that Japan is, indeed, a possible target for Islamic extremist groups. Imam Samudra, alleged mastermind of the bombing plot in Bali, explicitly declared in his website that he would exterminate the citizens of the United States and its allies, including Japan. The bombing of a Toyota showroom in Makassar in Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 5 December 2002 seems to be yet one more sign.
Japan’s counter-terrorism policy:
The government’s paramount responsibility is to guard the security of Japan’s territory and citizens against terrorist acts, and so it is vital that Japan also be a part of the global fight against international terrorism. On the one hand, Japanese can contribute in the effort to destroy the headquarters and training camps of al- Qaeda, as we did by providing logistical support to the american and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and we can also help to build global and regional networks designed to combat terrorism by denying terrorist groups safe haven and the means to pursue their goals.
- Protection of Japanese people and territory.
- Keeping terrorist groups out of Japan. Japan has sharply upgraded security procedures relating to visa, immigration, and customs to strengthen border control and deny access to terrorists. Among the measures being taken are the following:
• Enhanced interagency and international information exchange regarding
• Denial of entry into Japan of individuals and entities listed by the United
Nations Sanctions Committee established in accord with United Nations
Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1267, which aims to place sanctions
on the Taliban and al-Qaeda;
• Use of advanced technology in Japan’s major airports to identify forged
• Introduction of machine-readable visas as a counter-measure against
• Enhanced inspection of hand baggage;
• Enhanced inspection of export-import goods with stricter examination of
documents and use of x-ray inspection and metal detection equipment.
- Security measures taken since September 11th. Since 11 September 2001, Japan has augmented its terrorism prevention measures, including added police guard and security checks for American military facilities, nuclear power plants, international airports, and other major public facilities. Aviation security has also been upgraded. In addition, in November 2002, the Koizumi cabinet adopted a basic government strategy to counter chemical and biological (CB) terrorism. It aims primarily at tightening control over chemical and biological agents and enhancing the capability of security agencies to prepare for and deal with the consequences of CB terrorism.
So what if Japan is so intolerant to religious extremists? This type of Japanese foreign policy simply means: Never tolerate intolerance. However, observe the most tolerant countries to Islam, namely, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Germany, United States, are the Netherlands. All of them are prone to terrorist attacks. All of them have been attacked by the very people (immigrants from Muslim countries) and culture they willingly, albeit naively, embraced. Yet despite their tolerance and suicidal sense of political correctness, many people of these politically correct countries have been accused of ‘Islamophobia’.
- This great Arab intellectual named Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, former Saudi Shura Council member, explains briefly the nexus between Japan and Western civilization. He said: “The East only emulates the West. Take Japan, for example, if not for its openness to Western culture, it, too, would have remained backward.”