Japan unveiled a ‘Mosque on Wheels’ for the 2020 Olympics 


As Japan prepares to host visitors from around the world for the 2020 Summer Olympics, a Tokyo sports and cultural events company has created a mosque on wheels that it hopes will make Muslim visitors feel at home.

Yasuharu Inoue, the CEO of Yasu Project, said the possibility that there might not be enough mosques for Muslim visitors in 2020 is alarming for a country that considers itself part of the international community.

An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Muslims currently live in Japan.

Mr Inoue said his company’s mobile Mosques could travel to different Olympic venues to provide Muslims with a place of worship during the tournament.

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“As an open and hospitable country, we want to share the idea of `omotenashi’ (Japanese hospitality) with Muslim people,” he said in a recent interview.

The first mobile mosque was unveiled earlier this week outside Toyota Stadium, a J-League soccer venue in Toyota City, which is also the headquarters of the car company with the same name.

The back of the modified 25-ton truck flipped up to reveal an entrance and technology able to double the width of the truck. The 48-square-metre (515-square-foot) room can accommodate 50 people.

Muslim guests prayed inside the mosque, which includes outdoor taps and a washing area for pre-worship cleansing.

Indonesian students who were victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami also participated in opening of the mosque.

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The first Mobile Mosque was unveiled earlier this week outside Toyota Stadium, a J-League soccer venue in Toyota City (AP)

Tatsuya Sakaguchi, a Japanese guest, expressed hope that the Mobile Mosque would help open people’s minds worldwide.

“Looking in from the outside at the people in the mosque, they looked very happy,” said Sakaguchi, the representative director of an Osaka retail company.

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Mr Inoue said the inspiration for the project came to him on a trip to Qatar four years ago.

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Initially, the project organisers plan to target international sporting events in Japan and overseas. Mr Inoue said he hopes the project will do more than fill a gap in religious infrastructure.”Going forward, I would be so happy if people from Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa, the Middle East and, for example, refugees who are coming from Syria are able to use the mosque as a tool to promote world peace,” he said.

Source: AP News Agency


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