Cahyani Ariya Wiji, a 21-year-old Muslim foreign student from Indonesia, eats a bowl of halal Udon noodles, at a dining hall in the Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, east of Tokyo ... more 
Cahyani Ariya Wiji, a 21-year-old Muslim foreign student from Indonesia, eats a bowl of halal Udon noodles, at a dining hall in the Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, east of Tokyo May 13, 2014. In the last few years, growing middle-class wealth has spawned a new genre of Muslim travellers who pursue leisurely escapes to atypical destinations like Japan, China and Thailand. The tallest hurdle for these new destinations is convincing Muslim tourists that the food they consume is halal. A recent survey shows that Japan has exhibited the greatest effort among 60 travel destinations in making itself Muslim-friendly over the past year. From publishing a travel guide for Muslims to installing prayer rooms at some airports, Japan is fast working its way up an annual halal vacation poll. The big increase in Muslim travellers highlights the urgency for non-Muslim countries to be more halal-compliant. To match story HALAL-FOOD/MALAYSIA Picture taken May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: TRAVEL RELIGION FOOD BUSINESS EDUCATION) less 
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