Japan panel OKs putting Unification Church under increased scrutiny

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The government on Wednesday received approval from an advisory panel of experts for its plan to designate the Unification Church as a religious corporation subject to stricter monitoring of its assets under a special law.

The education ministry presented the plan at the day’s meeting of the Religious Juridical Persons Council, which advises the education minister.

With the approval, the ministry will start designation procedures promptly as part of efforts to ensure relief to victims of malpractice involving the controversial religious organization.

In October last year, the ministry requested the Tokyo District Court to issue an order to dissolve the organization, formally called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, chiefly as the group collected massive donations by causing anxiety among believers.

The special law was enacted in December last year to prevent outflows of the assets held by a designated religious corporation before a dissolution order is issued over violations of laws and regulations.

Content retrieved from: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/06/japan/crime-legal/unification-church-stricter-scrutiny/.

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