How did this come about??
In Japan, Muslims are treated as fundamentalists, regardless of the splintering range of groups available in Islam. They do not see fanatics, moderate Muslims, nor “Muslim-by-name-only.” Fundamentalists, period. In fact, Japanese people look at Islam as a strange religion, comprised of uneducated, unbalanced, or ignorant people who are not willing to take up the modern Japanese way of life. It is viewed that people with common sense would avoid this religion.
Japan is an example of a nation where religion isn’t practiced in general, but the Shinto religion (along with Buddhism) has an influence on behaviors that are integral within national customs. Because of this, there is prejudice against people of all sorts of nationalities, Westerners included. Some outsiders claim this to be racism, and others call this “nationalism.” At any rate, it is what it is, a sovereign country’s beliefs about itself and others.
Because of the Shinto beliefs about death and the afterlife, its clash with the concept of monotheism and faith in an abstract god comes from the connection to the material world rather than the otherworld of faith and emotions.