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The current Muslim population of the world now totals around 1.6 billion people, many of whom are concentrated in the Asia Pacific region. Japan sees the strategic importance in enticing Muslim tourists to Japan in its plan for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and aims to attract 20 million tourists from overseas. In order to build the foundation at a local level to smoothly accept these types of tourists who have religious and cultural contraindications, Japan must establish hospitality at a local level as well as realise the cultural coexistence between Muslims and local residents – there is still a lot that needs to be done.
RCMA’s objectives not only focus on Islamic studies but also cover a wide range of areas. For example, what measures will be needed for Muslim tourists in Oita Prefecture to make them feel welcome? What will be needed for local businesses based in Oita or other parts of Japan to conduct business with Muslim countries? With the experience that our university has gained from its multicultural environment, where students gather from more than 80 countries and regions, we believe that APU can offer good opportunities and useful information not only for researchers but also for businesses, local governments, and local people. Furthermore, I strongly believe that RCMA’s various activities will connect both our unique human resources and the challenges that local communities are facing, and thus (such activities with practical research topics will) contribute regional revitalisation. Please keep an eye on the future development of RCMA’s as I am sure they will open up a plethora of new possibilities for our university!

Director of RCMA SASAGAWA Hideo

Action Plan

Our research center will deal with the following areas:

  • Coexistence with the Muslim culture in the region

  • The construction of models that contribute to regional revitalisation as well as further development of local businesses.

  • Unique and practical research activities conducted by researchers with diverse cultural backgrounds and research disciplines in collaboration with companies, organisations, and municipalities.

  • Research activities about Islam in fields such as; Business Administration & Finance, Tourism Studies, Culture, Thought and Sociology, and International Relations and Political Science.

Future Activities

① Research Projects
In accordance with RCMA’s Activity Policy, the majority of research projects will be launched by APU faculty members. The results of these research projects will directly contribute to the local communities and society as a whole.

Project Theme Name of Research Representative Names of Members Category Adopted Amount
Islamic Microfinance as a Tool for Poverty Alleviation:
The Case of Bangladesh and Indonesia
BARAI Munim Kumar SUZUKI Yasushi
HASAN A K M Kamrul
International Finance Culture,
Society, and Media
Exploration of a Social Enterprising Business Opportunity for the Creation of a Circular Economy through Cooperation with Muslim Society KIM Rebecca ChungHee TSUKADA Shunso
Mohan V Avvari
Industry-Academia Collabolation/
Industry-Government-Academia Collabolation
"Project about the current situation of multicultural symbiosis and the grope in APU and in Beppu which includes APU" SEIKE Kumi KIKKAWA Takuro
TAKEZAWA Shoichiro
Searching for a Multi-Cultural Society \1,000,000
A study of support for schoolchildren
with limited Japanese language proficiency
Searching for a Multi-Cultural Society \730,000
Investigation on Musharaka Credit Risk Management in Indonesian Islamic Banks SUZUKI Yasushi Dahlan Nariman
Shoaib Khan
International Finance \500,000

※Detailed projects list (PDF)

② Symposiums and Seminars
The center will not only promote pure academic research, but also offer opportunities for interactive research result dissemination and active dialogue with people in the local communities and businesses. The inaugural symposium is scheduled for June 2015. The center also will hold seminars and webinars and call for presenters and participants not only from APU faculty members and students, but also from industry and municipalities. Those events will be held both in Oita Prefecture and other parts of Japan.

③ RCMA Newsletter
We will publish newsletters on the progress and results of our research activities.

④ Muslim Research Consortium
In order to smoothly and effectively promote industry-academic-government collaborations in RCMA’s research activities, the center will establish a research exchange organisation. The consortium will act as an interactive platform between our members and APU faculty members. (TBA)


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Research Office,
Research Center for Muslim Affairs (RCMA)
Address:1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577 Japan

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