In Japan, most of the burial will be done by cremation then their ashes entombed, which can’t be applied to Muslims. It brings concern about the lack of Muslim cemetery and burial process in the Islamic way we can take in the country.
Japan has some Muslim cemeteries within the country.
- Yawara Muslim Graveyard (Ibaraki Prefecture)
- Yamanashi Muslim Graveyard (Yamanashi Prefecture)
- Shimizu Islamic Cemetery (Shizuoka Prefecture)
- Yoichi Cemetery (Hokkaido)
- Tama Muslim Graveyard (Tokyo)
- Kobe Foreigners Cemetery (Hyogo Prefecture)
- Hashimoto Muslim Graveyard (Wakayama Prefecture)
However, there is still no Muslim cemetery in the Kyushu area, that makes mosques or Muslim associations need to cooperate with mosques and associations in other areas to process the burial.
In the Islamic way, the body needs to be buried within 24 hours. In that case, it will costs more and takes time if no burial sites nearby.
Muslim community in Oita Prefecture in the Kyushu area is proposing for Muslim cemetery but facing opposition from locals as reported by The Mainichi.
To get the body processed in the Islamic way, the family or a related person needs to contact the embassy (if he/she is a foreign resident and if it is desired to send the body to home country), the local Muslim association such as Japan Muslim Association, or to the nearest mosque.
For the Japanese Muslims, it is strongly recommended to register themselves at the nearest mosque and/or Muslim association to get a card to certify that they want to be buried in the Islamic way.
Mostly, there are no charges for funeral service, however, there are charges for graves, transportation, and grave preparation. The cost varies according to the graveyard in Japan. According to the Japan Islamic Trust who manages Yawara Muslim Graveyard in Ibaraki Prefecture, it costs 135,000 yen per grave, includes the cost of digging, refilling, placing a standard nameplate on the grave giving name and date of death, and maintenance of the graveyard.