From 110,000 to 230,000 Muslim worshippers seems like embracing Islam is becoming a new norm in the East-Asian country, Japan.
In the 14th century, Japan was contacted by Islam via merchants from Arab countries and China. Another important contact was made in 1890 when the Ottoman Empire dispatched a naval vessel to Japan for the purpose of starting diplomatic relations between the two empires as well introducing Muslims and the Japanese to each other. This naval vessel, the Ertuğrul, capsized and sank with 609 people aboard, drowning 540 of them, while returning home. In the late 1870s, a biography of the Prophet Muhammad was translated into Japanese. This helped Islam spread and reach the Japanese people.
Islam Fastest Growing Religion in Japan
As per the data revealed by Tanada Hirofumi of Waseda University, the number of Muslims in Japan is significantly increasing.
From the past ten years, the number is more than double. In 2010, the statistics show the number of Muslim worshippers in Japan to be 110,000. But at the end of 2019, it is increased to 230,000 (including as many as 50,000 Japanese converts).
Moreover, the country in order to facilitate Muslims during their prayers consists of more than 110 mosques.
Muhammad Tahir Abbas Khan, a professor at APU and head of the Beppu Muslim Association (BMA) told, the increased number of mosques is a welcome move for the Muslims from around the world by BMA.
Japan, which is also a Muslim-minority country, also experienced a growth in Muslim population during the bubble economy. Based on the data from 2016, there are currently approximately 120,000 overseas Muslims and 10,000 Japanese Muslims living in Japan. Although most Muslims in Japan lives in the three major metropolitan areas (Greater Tokyo Area, Chukyo Metropolitan Area and Kinki Region), the Muslim network has never ceased expanding throughout Japan.