The history of Islam in Japan is relatively brief in relation to the religion's longstanding presence in other nearby countries.
Today however, Muslims in Japan are well established, numbering somewhere between 100,000 to 300,000 - with approximately 10% being native. Additionally, there are about 100 established Mosques and Musallahs. Outside of Japan, Muslim countries heavily trade with the country, with bilateral trade standing at some $300 billion dollars; larger even than Japan's trade with the United States.
Islam in Japan has over 3 centuries worth of history, with the earliest Muslim settlers believed to have worked in the cities of Yokohama and Kobe during the reign of the Meiji.
Under the agreement, Muslim World League "MWL" will be the exclusive provider in Japan, generally, and in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, particularly, of halal-certified meals.
The signing ceremony was attended by Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, special adviser to the Japanese prime minister, and Prince Hiroyoshi, the cousin of the Emperor, along with a number of representatives of Islamic centers, Japanese authorities and major companies.
Where can you find Halal food products in Japanese market?
In 1980s you could hardly find Halal shops and restaurants in Japan. Nowadays, only in Tokyo there are more than 60 Halal Food Shops and over 200 Halal Food Restaurants and increasing.
Today availability of Halal food in supermarkets and even in convenience stores makes the life more comfortable for the Muslim residents, and also gives the travelers a peace of mind especially to those who would like to visit small towns.
Here is some information that comes handy either for Muslims who reside in Japan or those who are planning to visit for sightseeing.
Ryokan "旅館" are traditional Japanese inns, and a visit to one is the highlight of many, a trip to Japan.
They can be found throughout the country, especially around tourist areas such as hot spring resorts, ski resorts and in mountains.
There are two types of Ryokan; the small traditional-style one with wooden buildings, long verandas, and gardens, and the more modern high-rise sort that are like luxury hotels with fancy public baths.
Since some knowledge of Japanese mores and etiquette is required to visit one, many hesitate to take non-Japanese guests especially those who don't speak Japanese, but some cater specially to this group.