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Explained: The Unification Church scandal haunting Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet in Japan

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Four ministers have been sacked by Fumio Kishida in the past two months amid the Unification Church scandal that emerged following Shinzo Abe’s assassination. The controversial religious group's deep political ties with the ruling party have caused public outrage and…[Continue Reading...]

One in 10 local politicians have Unification Church ties: Jiji survey

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Some 10% of prefectural assembly members across Japan have had ties with the controversial religious group known as the Unification Church, a Jiji Press survey showed Sunday. The survey has implications for next spring’s unified local elections, in which such…[Continue Reading...]

Japan Cabinet Backs Bill Tightening Religious Donation Rules

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Japan's government on Thursday approved a bill tightening the rules on religious donations after scrutiny of controversial fundraising practices by the Unification Church. Claims that the church pressures followers to donate huge sums have been discussed in parliament since former…[Continue Reading...]

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