Islam in Japan
Preface: Last General in Japan, me. The soul of the nation in his hands, in Japan.
[ “ Islam is the single fastest growing religion in the world. Even in Japan Islam has taken root with a growing presence in major cities across the nation, even in the countryside. At what cost to the soul of Japan, I say…?]
Why I think Japan should closely regulate all religious organizations and enforce stricter guidelines through constitutional amendments.
Although Islam is one of the smallest minority faiths in Japan next to Christianity, its wide spread appeal has grown exponentially. There are a little over a dozen or so Mosques spread across these islands with one , one in particular, that has been newly-renovated called “Babul Islam Masjid” in Tochigi Prefecture, a pristine, flat, farmland about an hour outside of Tokyo. The function of a mosque is to provide a place for Muslims to be cultivated and to receive spiritual mentorship, so of all places I was wondering why Tochigi, a sparsely populated area?
Babul not only serves as a community and cross cultural center for the locals, but also as a place of worship for Muslims. The locals are often invited to Babul to learn about Islam and its teachings, and to participate in cross cultural understanding of the Islamic faith. These actions foster a sense of community trust and friendship that has lasted for years.
First, let’s understand a little about the local people here. Japanese are naive, polite, and respectful. Japanese are tolerant in most cases to foreign religions in Japan. They treat everything with suspicion, at first, with a warm smile being careful not to break cultural protocol. However, when it comes to food, music, and fashion the Japanese have become more accepting of change, but when it comes to matters of religion, the locals have expressed reservation. Yes. Some Japanese have be indoctrinated into the Islamic faith while some outright accept all foreign religions into their country, even though they are not religious themselves.
Second, how the Japanese express religious adherence is different from the Western world. Most Japanese are not religious at all, but yet the Shinto and Buddhist faith is uniquely bound to Japanese culture and are the underpinning of Japan’s identity. When the Japanese pray at their alters, some pray to “nothing or no-one ” at all as a show of their “Japanese(ness)” In other words, just ostensibly without actually believing in who they are praying to, while others pray to a deity for protection, health, and prosperity. There’s a split here under the veneer of cultural homogeneity and this is where foreign religions, namely Islam, is quietly inserting itself.
( “ The need to believe in a real God paradigm “)
The reasons why Christians and Muslims have been able to live in harmony together in society, for centuries in some countries, is because they recognize there is one god and that there are laws that govern their actions and morals even if they read from a different book. There are also lineage and blood line issues at play here too. In Japan’s case, the Japanese used to recognize the polity of the Emperor of Japan as a living god generations ago, but not today. These days it’s purely for show and pomp to fawn over royalty being paraded down the street. The emperor disavows those who loved him as a god - Yasukuni. Furthermore, there is no Biblical connection with the God of Abraham in this country and the gods of Japan, yet the Japanese can live in harmony with these religions, all because of an American mandated constitution?
Japanese are searching for a renewed sense of identity as many either rarely or no longer embrace traditions. It’s like they are searching for something greater than themselves, but can’t articulate what exactly they are searching for.
( "Sometimes Western religions offer an escape…")
The mastermind, Mr. Shumei Okawa, behind the Nanking Massacres and the horrors of WW2 was the first man to translated the Koran into Japanese from his sickbed in a Tokyo hospital. Claiming insanity he was judicially pardoned and allowed to live out his life in peace. Some of the earliest indoctrinations of Islam came from this man nearly 60 years ago. Of course, most Japanese have no knowledge of Shumei Okawa, and most have no knowledge of the Koran either. The point here, is that if you do not know your past, how can you prepare for the future? What about the posterity of the Japanese race….? Japan has experimented with Christianity for almost 200 years, and at what cost? Is Japan more moral or more backwards? Is it more spiritual or more banal? Originality, you say? Maybe Christianity imparts virtues through Christian education and Christian schools where little girls and taught to be modest and descent. Or, when little boys are taught the ten commandments. How deep are the roots of Christianity in Japan?
( “ Islam has to be looked at deeply. There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim especially when most of Islam is antithetical to the West thereby making it incompatible with Japanese ways, Communism too”).
Those of us living in the diaspora and including those inbound on “White flight” know why we are here.... It's called assimilation. There is nothing wrong with it. It is quite normal to embrace the host country if this is where you call home. We don't feel the need to change the local landscape of the host country to fit into our world because if you do you'll be like this...(next paragraph).
The white man is full of racial resentment against the Islamization of his once proud national heritage, whereas the American leftist negroes who now croon over Talib and Omar are worshipping at the corns of their feet while licking the chapped skin off their heels searching for crumbs to eat. They know where their prosperity came from, but choose those who hate America.
("Japan will never be Islamized").