Mass Circumcision in August
Written by: Zhafira Aqyla
Routine male circumcision, or more commonly known in Japan as 割礼 (katsurei), has hardly ever been implemented for children or adults in Japan. This has been a long-standing issue for Muslim minorities in the country who have had difficult access when looking to have their Muslim male children and revert husband circumcised for religious reasons.
To respond to the pressing demand by the Muslim communities in Japan, KMII Japan and IPMI Japan decided to collaborate back in 2016 to hold mass circumcision event, a tradition common to the Indonesian and Malaysian cultures where a group male children would visit a clinic and get circumcised in parallel or one after the other.
Since 2016, the committee has collaborated with Kawasaki Chuo Clinic in hosting this event. “Our seniors had to look for clinics who had the capability to hold the procedure,” stated Muhammad Ridho, a nursing worker (kaigofukushi-shi) from Yokohama, who is in charge of this year’s event. Ridho, along with other IPMI members, is working in Japan with special visa status, a manifestation of the bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and Indonesia.
“We are hoping this event can be a form of raising awareness on the necessity of the Muslim communities in Japan,” Ridho added.
The registration for this event opens from June 26, 2020, until July 31, 2020, to be held on August 9, 10, 14, 22, and 23 as the poster below shows (in Bahasa Indonesia).
This event is available for Muslim male children of any nationalities starting from 5th grade above. The price itself differs between children and adults. For 11 to 20 year-olds, the procedure will cost approximately 55,000 yen. For adults (over 20), it will cost 77,000 yen, with tax already included in both. These prices are considered a very good bargain in comparison to the usual circumcision price in Japan, which could easily reach up to 250,000 yen. Unfortunately, health insurance does not apply.
Furthermore, the procedure will be done using a conventional method by a doctor who possesses an international license. Patients will be under local anesthesia. According to past experiences, the doctor will tend up to 3 patients in one day, one after the other. Patients will be able to walk immediately after and can start doing heavy exercises and shower as normal within a week, two at most.
- Those who are interested or have further inquiries may contact the numbers attached in the poster above: Ridho +818075608915 (WhatsApp) and Agung +817028113912 (WhatsApp).
- If your children or spouse are ready, you may fill out the registration form and choose your preferred date between 9, 10, 14, 22, 23 August.
- Next, a committee member from IPMI will reach out to you and discuss the technicalities for the D-Day. They will act as your guide, ready to support you in both emotional and language assistance all the way from the administration process to the day of the event.
Once everything is settled, all there is left to do is to plan your trip and make sure your children or spouse are mentally ready and excited for this rite of passage until D-Day.
“We’d like to help so that Muslim children in Japan can experience what their fellow friends get to do in their home countries or other Muslim majority countries,” Ridho concluded. “Through this event, we also hope to build a stronger connection with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Japan.”