Japanese tend to lump all Muslims together as fundamentalists who are unwilling to give up their traditional point of view and adopt modern ways of thinking and behavior. In Japan, Islam is perceived as a strange religion, that any intelligent person should avoid.Put more simply, it's a nail that sticks up and ought be hammered down. That, for better or worse, is an evolved Japanese cultural norm.
In Japan, religion is connected to the nationalist concept, and prejudices exist towards foreigners whether they are Chinese, Korean, Malaysian or Indonesian, and Westerners don’t escape this phenomenon either. There are those who call this a ‘developed sense of nationalism’ and there are those who call this ‘racism.’ It seems that neither of these is wrong."Developed sense of nationalism." Is that a corollary to "kinship ties?"
But Mr Zumwalt follows a logical argument with the "-phobia" error.
Thus, the Japanese make no bones about it: they are Islamophobic. It is an attitude that is justified due to an Islamic ideology that demands all non-Muslims submit to it or die. But the Japanese are determined not to commit cultural suicide by allowing a culture totally anathema to their own to prosper domestically and challenge it.And thus, it's not a "phobia." It's rational to treat a poisonous spider as poisonous; it becomes arachnophobia if you won't go out in the snow for fear of a spider bite.
Accordingly, when the call went out to the international community to assist in resettling the recent wave of Muslim immigrants in non-Muslim countries, Japan offered financial assistance but rejected opening its doors to resettlement.
If anything, the greater risk to civilizational survival is phobic-phobia. Take Sweden, also from Mr Zumwalt's article.
Muslim immigrants from North Africa were 23 times more likely to commit rape than Swedish men. It is no wonder why today Sweden is deemed the rape capital of the Western world.The generalization to the United States, and the extension to the successes of the Trump and Carson campaigns, is left as an exercise.
Even more shocking, however, is the political correctness overshadowing the reporting of these crimes. Sensitive about accusations of Islamophobia, the Swedish press refuses to sound a warning alarm for native women about who these sexual predators are. Thus, when a Muslim commits a rape, the media only refers to him as a Swedish male.