Previously, Muslim never gets a chance to try Japanese cuisine due to widely use of non-Halal ingredients in Japanese cooking. Muslim is minority in Japan and most of them are foreigners. That is one of the reasons why Japanese never get a chance to know deeply about Islam especially on Halal. It is not just hard to find Halal Restaurant in Japan, but most of the restaurant in Japan serves beer and alcoholic beverages, which has been part of their culture drink.
Then, a few years ago we came up with an idea of Local Halal Standard. Instead of setup a fully Halal Restaurant, the Local Halal Standard seems easy to adapt by the Japanese. Our Local Halal Standard based on the Sharia (Islam law) and Food Safety (focusing on hygiene and quality), which adapting Malaysia Halal Certificate requirements to suit Japan environment as a non-Muslim country, in which it can be tolerate by Muslim traveler.
The standard is not something can be done lightly and easily. We have to take precautions from the selection of the raw material until the serving of the food. Our Halal Menu prepared by using segregated utensils and separate place, to avoid any potential of cross contamination between Halal and non-Halal food. To ensure the Local Halal Standard been followed at all the time, we do random spot check to the restaurant. Moreover, Japanese are very popular to be discipline person.
Consequently, Muslim who come to Japan nowadays can have Halal yakiniku, Halal shabu-shabu, Halal ramen, Halal wagyu beef and many Halal Japanese cuisine.