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Indonesia's halal certification body opens office in Japan

Tokyo-based auditors to speed approvals for food, cosmetics, other goods

The Majelis Ulama Indonesia will open an office in Tokyo to help Japanese companies obtain halal certification for their products sold in Indonesia. (Source photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- The Indonesian Ulema Council, or Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) in Indonesian, has opened a representative office in Japan aimed at offering swift certification of Japanese products as compliant with Islamic law, as Japanese businesses cater to Muslims in the huge Indonesian market.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, is implementing rules requiring that food and other products sold in the country be certified as halal, or compliant with Islamic Shariah law. The MUI is an influential group of Muslim clerics that decides which products qualify as halal in Indonesia.

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