The Changing Image of Islam in Japan: The Role of Civil Society in Disseminating better Information about Islam

Irma Rachmi Yulita,1* Susy Ong2

   1 School of Strategic and Global Study, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
   2 School of Strategic and Global Study, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
   * Corresponding Author

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14421/ajis.2019.571.%25p

Abstract


This article focuses on the changing of image of Islam in Japan and the efforts of Japan’s civil society to eradicate Islam’s negative image created by Japan’s mass media. In preparation for the coming 2020 Olympic Games, the government, the local NGOs, and some persons are taking initiatives to create a Muslim-friendly atmosphere. I try to look at their efforts to disseminate information to counter the opinions haters of Islam and Muslim. I have conducted in-depth interviews with 10 Muslims living in Japan and 2 other respondents, and have compared their stories with some Japanese articles, books, and academic journals. My conclusion is that despite the success in making Japanese society more amicable to foreign Muslims, the human relations problems within the Muslim community and with the rest Japanese society must improve.

{Tulisan ini fokus pada perubahan citra Islam di Jepang dan usaha lembaga swadaya masyarakat (NGO) untuk mengurangi citra negative islam yang dibentuk oleh media massa Jepang. Menjelang pekan olahraga Olimpiade 2020, pemerintah, NGO lokal dan sebagian individu mengambil inisiatif menciptakan suasana yang ramah bagi muslim. Kami mengamati usaha mereka dalam merespon informasi yang menyudutkan agama Islam dan pemeluknya. Kami melakukan wawancara mendalam dengan 10 penduduk muslim di Jepang serta 2 responden lewat kontak tertulis. Kemudian kami membandingkan cerita mereka dengan berita, jurnal dan buku yang terbit di Jepang yang terkait dengan Islam. Meskipun mereka cukup berhasil meyakinkan masyarakat Jepang, tetapi persoalan hubungan antar sesama kelompok muslim perlu menjadi prioritas dalam rangka meningkatkan respon positif masyarakat Jepang.]  


Keywords


Muslim community; Japanese society; disseminate knowledge; religious tolerance

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