Japan Aims to Dissolve Unification Church with Request to Court as Early as October; Investigation Suggests Criteria Met to Prove Religious Group Violated Law

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The central government has determined that the Unification Church religious group should be dissolved and plans to request the Tokyo District Court to issue such an order as early as October, sources said.

This approach was reached after conducting an investigation through the exercise of the right to ask questions under the Religious Corporations Law and examining testimonies of former members of the group, whose official name is the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.

“We will make a judgment on whether we can request a dissolution order in light of the law and move ahead with the procedures,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference Wednesday.

Referring to the fact that the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry has exercised the right to ask questions seven times since last November, Kishida said: “We are collecting evidence from a number of people, including former group members. Final efforts are being made to issue a decision.”

Content retrieved from: https://japannews.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/politics-government/20230914-136513/.

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