A Muslim-friendly restaurant in Japan serving halal food.
Dhaka: Halal restaurants and sharia-complaint hotels in Japan are serving a strong inrush of Muslim travelers leading to the growth of their Muslim tourism market.
Japanese have set up sharia-friendly hotels including one at the foot of Mount Fuji, to meet the needs of their increased number of Muslim tourists. Following a broader plan, mosques have been established in Japan’s international airports and halal food is available for Muslims now, to make Japanese airports more Muslim friendly.
Dedicated for the convenience of Muslim guests, the direction of the Kibla is marked in each room of the halal hotels in Japan. They are making these hotels alcohol-free and are preparing all the Japanese-style cuisine meals in certified halal kitchens.
For the first time, Japan held a fashion show for Muslim women last month. It was held in conjunction with the Halal Expo Japan in Tokyo. Around 10 brands, mainly from Singapore, graced the show with their displays of work.
Japan’s tourism industry has become a notable figure in the global Muslim travel market, wowing a record number of Muslim travelers, thanks to social media and the arrival of low-cost air travel out of Southeast Asia. In 2017, nearly 360,000 Indonesian tourists visited Japan, up from just 80,000 in 2010.
This boost in overall foreign tourist arrivals could hit a record 31 million in 2018, up sharply from just 6.2 million in 2011 due to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. It will hit 40 million in 2020, when the Tokyo Olympics are held, expects the Japanese government.
The Olympics itself is a huge entryway for Malaysian halal companies and halal certification bodies to enter Tokyo’s growing Muslim tourism market.
40 to 45 per cent of the F&B at the Olympic Village and at its scheduled events is aimed to be halal certified by Tokyo Olympic Council (TOC).
A Malaysian company, MHC Co. Ltd, in Shinjuku, is authorised to issue Japan halal standard to Japanese restaurants and food manufacturers. “Our aim is to increase the number of halal restaurants in the Tokyo area for the Olympics,” said Iori Numata, official, MHC.