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Halal products draw more Muslim tourists to Japan

Published by Japan Today and the American Chamber of Commerce Journal, July 8, 2015

By Tom Benner

TOKYO — When Rafidah Abd Rahim traveled to Japan from Singapore last year, the recent college graduate was relieved to find a goodly number of lifestyle offerings for Muslim travelers, such as halal food—that is, fare that complies with Islamic dietary guidelines—and easily available prayer rooms.

Rafidah found Sakura House, a Muslim-friendly share house with separate dorms for females and males on different levels, as well as a halal restaurant nearby. And the Tokyo Camii mosque was within walking distance. She also found a variety of eateries serving halal food.

“I was able to broaden my choices,” she says. “Since I was unable to enjoy an authentic ramen [because it sometimes has] pork stock, I was able to enjoy a bowl of the vegetarian version.” Continue reading …

Have halal guide, will travel: Muslim consumers and their mighty dinar

Published by Nikkei Asian Review, April 23, 2015

By Tom Benner

A'qilah Saiere

A’qilah Saiere

SINGAPORE — When final-year students at Wheelock College in Singapore prepare for their stay on the home campus in Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, they get a list from the previous year’s seniors showing where to buy halal groceries, find kabob stalls and go to pray.

That list, says A’qilah Saiere, who made the trip in 2013, grows longer with each year, making it much easier for the college’s Muslim students to meet their food and prayer needs while away from home.

“A huge part of being a Muslim is to travel, to see the world and to appreciate its beauty,” the 22-year-old preschool teacher said. “Knowing that there are these options for you makes everything easier and more comfortable. You definitely feel more confident that when you travel, you don’t have to worry you’ll never find halal food.” Continue reading …