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1 Apr, 2014

Airports eager to cater to Muslims’ needs | The Japan Times

For the most devout followers of Islam, traveling to Japan has often spelled trouble.

Some may recall entering clothing shops in a desperate search for fitting rooms where they could perform one of their five daily prayers. Others may cringe at the times they had to prostrate themselves in the corner of an airport lounge, only to invite suspicious glances from other travelers. And finding a halal-certified restaurant has always been a laborious task.

But the days are gone when such inconveniences had to be considered one of the inescapable quirks of visiting Japan.

Motivated by an increase in visitors from Islamic countries, Japan’s major airports are falling over themselves to find ways to capitalize on their new clients by proudly proclaiming themselves “Muslim-friendly.”

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