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Why are so many Muslims suddenly visiting Japan?


Thai Muslim tourist enjoy halal certified food at a barbecue restaurant in Tokyo. - AFP.

Thai Muslim tourist enjoy halal certified food at a barbecue restaurant in Tokyo. - AFP.

TOKYO: Japan is rolling out the red carpet to visitors from Muslim nations, with qiblah (arrows pointing towards Mecca) appearing in hotel rooms, prayer rooms being signposted in airports and commercial complexes, and halal food becoming a staple in restaurants and the cafeterias of companies that conduct business with firms from Muslim states.

There has been a steady growth in the number of Muslims opting to settle in Japan. Halal meals first became available on menus about a decade ago, but the nation’s recent tourism boom is driving supply and demand.

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