170 local lawmakers in Japan said to have joined 2020 event tied to Unification Church

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Many local legislators from Japan attended an event in South Korea held in February 2020 by a group affiliated with the controversial Unification Church, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

One former municipal assembly member who took part said they heard from those involved with the gathering that about “170 people attended” from Japan. In some cases, the religious group covered travel expenses and in others lawmakers used their political activity funds.

When approached by the Mainichi Shimbun, participants denied that the religious group had had any influence on political activities, but one expert has told the Mainichi that having the group cover expenses was inappropriate.

The event the local councilors attended was the “World Summit 2020.” It was held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sun Myung Moon, the late founder of the Unification Church, which is now formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. It was hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), which is affiliated with the religious group.

Content retrieved from: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20230303/p2a/00m/0na/025000c.

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  1. The Unification Church did exactly the same thing in the United States for many years to curry political influence. Moon also paid large honorariums to former POTUS Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and others.

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