The Economist reports that the number of Muslims in Japan has doubled from 110,000 in 2010 to 230,000 in 2019. The number of mosques has also increased from 24 to 110 in the last 19 years. This is attributed to Japanese tolerance toward other religions.
About 230,000 Muslims in Japan face an unconventional crisis, represented in the scarcity and erosion of places where it is permitted to bury their dead according to Islamic law. This forces them to resort to church or temple graves to bury their deceased relatives.
The University of Tsukuba of Japan launched an initiative to spread coexistence and tolerance among its students, by sending 40 of them to visit the Tsukuba Mosque to learn about Islam and their Muslim neighbors. It aims to expand the initiative to various mosques.
A new project was launched in Tokyo, Japan, which aims to provide mobile mosques (trucks) during the Olympics 2020 next August. The project aims to cater to Muslim athletes and spectators; prayer spaces for people of different religions will also be provided.