By Akira Lawson

Want to know why Japan has never endured a terrorist attack? Simple, Sakoku (鎖国), a term commonly known by Japanese people and those who study Japanese culture and history. The term denotes the immigration policy enacted by the Tokugawa Shogunate, which dictates that no foreigner could immigrate to Japan, nor a Japanese person could leave Japan, or else it would be ‘off with the head’ for either party. Having no official coinage in the Japanese language till the 19th century, the closed-door policy itself, is situated at the core of Japanese ideology and continues to be the root reason to why Japan is a homogenous society; one of the very few in the developed world. Although Japan’s national isolation or seclusion came to a halt with the establishment of trade/diplomatic relations with the West, especially with the arrival of Commodore Perry with his Black Ships (kurofune) at the Bay of Edo (Tokyo), the policy continues today to be the foundation and contributing pillar in policy making, specifically in the areas of immigration.

As of this year, ethnic minorities (Chinese, Korean, Filipinos, and many more) only account for 1.5% of the demographics of Japan with Christianity at 2.3% and people who identify themselves as non-religious at 7%. Religions such as Islam only account for less than 100,000 people in Japan with about 2,000 Jews, plus or minus. In comparison with France, France has approximately 8.5% of their population who identify themselves as Muslim and the religious distribution of the immigrant population in France is well over 3,000,000 Muslims. With the recent Islamic terror attacks in Paris killing over 120 people (still to increase), compounding that with the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Sydney siege, Parramatta shooting, Curtiss Culwell Center shooting; the rise of Islamic terrorism seems to flourish in the Western world as apathy, altruism and left-wing rhetoric seems to silence anti-immigration politicians with contextually infelicitous labelling such as “Islamophobe”, “racist”, “fascist”, or “Nazi”. The unpopular truth is that once you increase the influx of Muslims or introduce Muslims into a non-Islamic society, the probability of having Islamic homegrown terrorism also intensifies.

Nevertheless, the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria also demonstrates areas where unwilling acculturation and assimilation of the host nation’s culture by Muslim migrants and residents are also signs of the increasing nature of the threat that Islam is manifesting. None of which Japan is producing, i.e. foreign fighters. It would be cultural suicide or self-inflicted genocide to suggest increasing the number of Islamic migrants or refugees to Australia for example. What do you think would happen in Australia if the constituency of Muslims in all electorates reached near or over 50%? Well, you can expect them to elect Islamic political parties who will press for Sharia Law to be enforced, losing all forms of freedom and democracy. You can also say good bye to same-sex marriage, as being a homosexual is punishable by death. In addition, you will also see the number of wife-beating, Female-Genital Mutilation (FGM) and rape cases increase.

To finish off, not one single form of Islamic terrorism has been recorded in Japan and will hopefully continue to do so as Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan – LDP) has rightfully opposed increasing the total number of immigrants and permanent residents, as an ageing population and declining birth rate threatens the stability of a homogenous society if the number of immigrants increases. Even if the population stabilises in Japan and the political centre of gravity shifts from right to left, the likelihood of increasing the immigrant count would be highly unlikely as ideological foundations such as Sakoku are deeply entrenched in Japanese philosophy and thought. That said, Japan may have to sacrifice its economic standing in the future as a result of its inability to suffice its shrinking labour force, though, it will do so knowing that it doesn’t have to worry about Islamic homegrown terrorism.

Photograph: Carving by Yoshitoshi depicts the shoguns in the Edo Shogunate.


  • Tom Mowbray

    Your article overlooks the differences between Islam and extremist Islam. The assumptions it makes are incorrect and offensive. You argue that if the Muslims made up 50% of all Australian electorates, Shari’a would be enforced, undermining ‘all forms of freedom and democracy’ and encouraging FGM, rape, and domestic violence.

    If this were true, why is it that Kosovo and Azerbaijan, with Muslims making up 92% of their populations, do not enforce Shari’a law?

    Why is it that Turkey, with a Muslim population of 98%, does not enforce Shari’a law? Why did they elect a female Prime Minister in 1993, instead of collectively raping and beating her? Why did an Islamic political party in Turkey pass legislation outlawing marital rape?

    Why is it that FGM prevalence rates are higher amongst Christian women in Tanzania than Muslim women? Why is it Djibouti, with the fifth highest rates of FGM worldwide, has a Christian majority?

    Your answer tars all Muslims with the same brush. You’re exacerbating offensive stereotypes and encouraging xenophobia. It’s offensive to call all Germans Nazis, to call all Catholics paedophiles, to call all Japanese people war criminals. In the same way, it’s offensive to call all Muslims misogynistic, backward, potential terrorists.

    • risingsun95

      I guess you just ignored the argument of the article. Hurray to Japan for having no Islamic terrorism.

      • Tom Mowbray

        By grouping all Muslims as a homogenous, backward bunch, the author has reasoned that a high Muslim population means more Shari’a law, more FGM, more domestic violence, and more terrorism. My comment merely demonstrates this reasoning is empirically incorrect, which undermines the argument of the article as it is founded on an unsound assumption.

        I guess you just missed the argument of the comment. Maybe I should have put it in a meme for you.

    • Civilex

      FGM is easily explained. It’s an African tradition, which has survived despite the religious influence of either Islam or Christianity. Nevertheless it’s something you don’t want to encourage in any secular democracy.

      The examples of countries that you mention each have their own explanation. Kosovo was for a long time not an independent country, and so could not instate its own government. Azerbaijan was under Soviet rule for over half a decade, which would have mellowed the political influence of Islam. Both countries are fully surrounded by traditionally Christian countries, which also would have moderated the influence of Islam. Turkey was secularized by the efforts of Atatürk. Despite the fact that Shariah law is not enforced by the secular government, it was and is often enforced locally in small villages, without authorization from the government. Even though Turkey is secular on paper, this point is still controversial among a large part of its population.

      The bigger point here, though, is that those are exceptions to the rule, which can just about be counted on one hand. The norm in Muslim majority countries is that Shariah is enforced, and is done so with popular support. This is also backed up by studies and opinion polls from those countries. Homophobia and misogyny are not minority opinions in Muslim countries.

      The comparison you’re making between 50% Muslims in Australia and 90+% Muslims in Kosovo, Azerbaijan and Turkey is flawed. You’re comparing cultures which have been conditioned for up to centuries to reject Shariah as the law of the land, to immigrants who come from countries where Shariah is currently the law of the land. You’re comparing apples and oranges.

      When you reach a 5-10% Muslim population who immigrated from such countries, you will see segregation and Shariah law being enforced informally and locally in Muslim communities. This is already happening in countries such as Britain, France, Germany and Sweden. If you would, heaven forbid, reach a 50% Muslim population in a previously secular democracy, political Islam would likely become a major force in that country. There’s no telling exactly what would happen, but efforts to at least officially recognize Shariah law for the Muslim population would probably be one thing.

      • Tom Mowbray

        Civilex, you are proving my point with this comment. It’s stupid to pretend that every Muslim is a good person – that’s not what my comment was doing. My comment was merely demonstrating that followers of Islam are a diverse group of people, coming from various cultures with varying histories and influences – as you pointed out.

        A 50% Muslim population hailing from Turkey, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, etc. would not foster the same results as a 50% Muslim population hailing from Iran or Afghanistan. You made that point abundantly clear in your comment. I’m not disagreeing with you here. That’s actually what my original comment was saying.

        Rather, my original comment was criticising the article above for bundling all Muslims into a homogenous bunch, who all think, act, believe, and vote the same way. This methodology is unsound, and the following assertions that the article made, based upon this incorrect presumption, rendered the article’s underlying logic problematic.

    • Billy Bones

      They all follow the Koran – which a book and political and legal dictatorship

    • Sebastiaan

      and how we can see this days march 2017…unfortunaly… if a muslim getts the power, like in Turkey, they wantt the power for eternity. so they make first a dictatur and then sharia law follows. Erdogan le presidente of Turkey. the new dictatur and majority of population supports Erdogan.

      i have one for the muslims. i do hate cancer, but that does not mean that i hate people with cancer. Islam is the cancer of humanity. Read the quran, look around the world how muslims are acting. very peacefull huh.

    • Sebastiaan
      447 verses of hate

    • Sebastiaan
  • Someblah

    As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

    United States — Muslim 0.6%, Australia — Muslim 1.5%, Canada — Muslim 1.9%, China — Muslim 1.8%, Italy — Muslim 1.5%, Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%, Germany — Muslim 3.7%, United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%, Spain — Muslim 4%, Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for

    Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%, Philippines — 5%, Sweden — Muslim 5%, Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%, The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%, Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

    Guyana — Muslim 10%, India — Muslim 13.4%, Israel — Muslim 16%, Kenya — Muslim 10%, Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%, Chad — Muslim 53.1%, Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%, Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%, Qatar — Muslim 77.5%, Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%, Egypt — Muslim 90%, Gaza — Muslim 98.7%, Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%, Iran — Muslim 98%, Iraq — Muslim 97%, Jordan — Muslim 92%, Morocco — Muslim 98.7%, Pakistan — Muslim 97%, Palestine — Muslim 99%, Syria — Muslim 90%, Tajikistan — Muslim 90%, Turkey — Muslim 99.8%, United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%, Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%, Somalia — Muslim 100%, Yemen — Muslim 100%,

    • Anonymous

      Excellent information, thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    • gnuneo

      so in other words they are identical to Christians, Jews, and all other so-called “monotheistic” faiths?

      shame “Muslims” happen to sit on so much Foreign American Crude. No one would give a fuck, otherwise.

      but “The Spice Must Flow!!”. So Islam is “terrorism”, the terrorism of the “West” is ‘self-defence of vital interests’ (which doesn’t count); and slightly over-average retards decide that what is “normal” is not the case when it’s “Islam” doing it.

      tell us all, “someblah”, how the % sequence goes for “white settlers” in Australia, America, South America?

      or does your undoubted pale skin prevent you from such self-honesty?

      • Sebastiaan

        and you forgot that before 650 mekka and the middle east was christian/jews.
        and you forgot that islam qonquere middle east. north africa south europa, part of russia.
        and you forgot that muslims are killing each other.
        and you forget that muslims are taking over parts of europe now these days.
        and you forgot that western europe are paying billions for so called refugee’s.
        and i asked a so called refugee in the netherlands from who they get a house and money.
        hiss answer: from Allah! no prick. you get it from my government and from the taxpaying dutchmen like me and my fammily who worked there whole life for social security, and now they cut of some benefits bc there are to much so called refugees.
        Muslims are backward.
        And you forgot that arabian slavetrade was more widespread than white slavetrade. Whiteslavetrade finished 1890.
        Arab slavetrade finished 1990!!!
        you wanna talk about crusades?
        you wanna read about the hate in quran….
        i made a list with 447 verses that are telling muslims to hate kafir.

        • gnuneo

          why are racists always so pig-ignorant, Christiaan? Can you explain from your insider viewpoint on this matter?

          you forgot that Christians invaded and often genocided across Pagan Northern Europe
          you forgot that Christians invaded and genocided across North America, South America Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, Australasia, to begin with. Then of course there is the WW2 ethnic-cleansings and genocides by “Christian countries”. Though its entirely possible you’re of the “they were actually German holiday camps” school of thought.

          in other words, you are practicing that ancient tradition that J’ warned against, focusing upon beams in other’s eyes, and ignoring the entire fucking forest in your own.

          i’m sure all of the “verses” you put on your undoubtedly highly academically-refined “list” you actually have no problems with – once you’ve spun them the way you want. In other words, you have no problem with “hatred” yourself.

          shame your education, limited though it so clearly was, did not include the psychological term “Projection”, and what it means, and the tools for Self-reflection.

          but then, i’m sure you’d consider such things “liberal-marxist-culture-war” or whichever mantra you personally use to drive out uncomfortable thoughts.

          if, indeed, you ever actually have “thoughts”.

          Namaste, grasshopper.

  • Barry Wallace

    No terrorist attacks? what about these

    The 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack (5500 injured, 12 dead)

    The bombings of the headquarters of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Tokyo in 1974 (207 injured, 8 dead),

    The Hokkaido Prefectural Government office building in Sapporo in 1976 (80 injured, 2 dead),

    The Yosakoi-Soran Festival in Sapporo in 2000 (10 injured, none dead).

    The 1994 Matsumoto sarin attack (600 injured, 7 dead)

    The 1998 Wakayama arsenic incident (67 injured, 4 dead).

    • Irit Braginski

      Barry Wallace- the article says that Japan had no terrorist attacks invoked by Islam radicals, Muslims. Not just any terrorist attacks.
      All you mention from that SNBC article are attacks NOT involving Muslim terrorists.

  • Keita Sakoda

    Simple answers for why there are no Islamic terrorism in Japan.

    1) The Japanese did not crusade Muslim countries.

    2) Also we did not create Israel at the heart of middle east.

    3) Japan is currently not open for unemployed foreigners whether they are Muslims or not.

    • Brent

      Just a piece of knowledge for you.

      The crusades were a response to Turkey invading and conquering Jerusalem. For quite some time, they held it, and taxed non-muslims but still allowed them access to the city. Then the status-quo was changed and access was denied. Then the Crusades started.

      The Jews were in Israel long before the Arabs. I do however, understand that the Jews were displaced for a long while and can respect the dynamic of the Arabs then being displace by the establishment of Israel. But the situation of Islam taking up the “Palestinian” cause was nothing more than an attempt to legitimize the destruction of the Jews/Israel.

      • Keita Sakoda

        Just a point of view for you.

        How would you feel if someone suddenly takes over your house by claiming he/she was the previous owner?

        You ask your town mayor for his help but he refuses to help you. Mostly because the mayor feels sorry for the recent tragic event which devastated this unwelcome occupier.

        It’s like your house was offered as a compensation for the recent tragic event in which you had nothing to do with.

        Your neighbor friends fought for you and are still fighting. They are not only fighting this unwelcome occupier but the mayor and the group of people who supports him.

        • Brent

          I fully acknowledge that what described is indeed the case. The re-creation of Israel after the holocaust was “solving” one wrong with a bit of a lesser wrong. Not a good situation for a “fix.”

          It’s been 70 years. That’s clearly not the only dynamic in play here. Just like our “race baiters” here, there are forces in play keeping the pot stirred. If the people in the region truly wanted a solution, one would have been found with 1/10th the amount of $, and a minuscule fraction of the loss of life. But much of Islam seeks the elimination of all other religions. Something that will not change unless islam is “reformed” or eliminated from the planet. If it weren’t for that, peace would probably have been found already.

          The irony of the situation isn’t lost on me either. The Jews have been mistreated throughout a vast portion of history, and this “solution” perpetuates it. Israel isn’t going to be eliminated. It’s not too much to ask, to have a Jewish country, and it’s not a large country. The land was originally theirs, and was taken. Even I acknowledge that is a bit of a tenuous claim given the span of time involved.

          But 70 years is a long time too. I’ve incurred losses in my life that were wrongful, as I’m sure most people have. And like most people, it eventually becomes prudent to cut those losses and move on, so you can build something new and live.

    • Sebastiaan

      aha there is another one who thinks the crusades where christiannn

  • Sebastiaan

    wait wait wait….
    everywhere where muslims are riots are going to be part of society.

  • Sebastiaan

    and another one…within couple of years we can fill pages like these.

  • Sebastiaan

    muslim riots in Japan

    terror attacks will follow soon…