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Japan’s mosque is an “inverted pyramid” in japans capital

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A mosque in Tokyo has been the focus of an anti-Islam backlash for years.

But the controversial structure was the brainchild of a local politician, and now some locals are calling it a symbol of Japanese racism.

The mosque is a popular spot for local residents, who say it was built to accommodate a large Muslim community and has been called a “sharia centre”.

In 2016, however, a group of protesters stormed the building and damaged its walls.

One protester, Yusuke Nakajima, said the mosque had become a “political symbol” of racism, according to Japan’s Asahi newspaper.

His group, who are calling themselves “People’s Front of Tokyo”, staged a peaceful demonstration outside the mosque on April 6.

A day later, a protest group calling itself “People of Tokyo” and calling for a ban on mosques in Japan began taking to the streets.

“It is an inverted pyramid,” Nakajimas group said in a statement.

“This pyramid is a symbol for Japanese racism, and it is a disgrace that this symbol of racism is built in our city.”

The mosque was built in 2006 and is now owned by a company that says it is the first Muslim mosque in the country.

Its president, Yasuyuki Yamashita, is the son of the late former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

In a statement to the AFP news agency, the building’s director said the building had been a target of a number of protests, including those against the mosque’s construction.

“These incidents have forced us to revise our building designs and have to change our approach,” he said.

“We cannot accept that our mosque has become a symbol that reflects racism.”

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