Bridging Muslims and Japanese

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The Japanese government’s increasing alignment with US military actions in the Islamic world has been impacting this nation’s relationship with the Islamic world. At the same time, there are now dozens of mosques across Japan, and many estimates now put the number of resident Muslims in Japan above one hundred thousand. Against the backdrop of the troubling overseas events, BRIDGING MUSLIMS AND JAPANESE examines how resident Muslims are coping with suspicions and responding with confidence-building activities within their local communities and beyond.

Director Michael Penn
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Social Issue / Minority / Society
Air Date (JST) Monday, August 29, 2016
Monday, January 2, 2017 *rerun

About Director

Michael Penn

Michael Penn


Michael Penn was born in Los Angeles in 1970 and has been a full-time resident of Japan since 1997. As a journalist he works in both print and video. As an academic he is author of Japan and the War on Terror (I.B. Tauris 2014), published in the United Kingdom.


The Anti-Nuclear Movement at High Tide, 2012
Aftermath of the Tsunami in Japan, 2011
Japan Grapples with the Rise of Hate Groups,2013

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