PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia June 8 (NNN-Bernama) — Japan has become the first country to collaborate with the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) under the latter’s Halal Globalisation Strategy initiative.
With the collaboration, Jakim is set to position Japan as the new benchmark in its Global Halal Expansion programme before expanding it to other countries.
In a statement distributed during the Jakim-Japan strategic discussion at Jakim here yesterday, Halal Hub Director, Dr Sirajuddin Suhaimee said the collaboration was in conjunction with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 and the Look East Policy.
Japan Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Hiroyuki Orikasa said the discussion was timely, as Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was going to Japan this weekend.
Orikasa said 440,000 Malaysians had visited Japan last year, and most of them were Muslims.
As such, halal awareness has been increasing in Japan to cater to the Muslim tourist market.
Besides food and beverage, other industries such as the pharmaceutical and cosmetics sector in Japan also look forward to be halal certified after realising its benefits, he added. — NNN-BERNAMA
Source: NAM News Network