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.
In spite of constant invitation of foreigners to participate in Japan’s economy we hear about structural impediments of Japanese market.
People want to figure out why is this place so hard to crack; they ask how come – We have been knocking on the door! We’re doing all of the things that the Japanese say we should do! We set up shop here! We hire people! We invest money and it just doesn’t seem to work!
Furusato Nozei is a kind of donation out of income tax that people offer to the local or prefectural governments of their choice and in response, many municipalities repay the donors’ generosity by sending them "thank you gifts". In most cases, the gifts are local specialties.
Foreign residents who work and pay taxes in Japan, can also participate in Furusato Nozei program and receive gifts in return for their donations.