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Calls grow for Japan’s Kishida to fire minister as Unification Church saga weighs on potential election

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Amid a resurgence of the Unification Church scandal, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration is reeling from calls to axe a key minister, casting a shadow over his leadership and the ruling party’s integrity ahead of potential elections. Kishida is…[Continue Reading...]

Kishida under pressure to fire education chief Moriyama

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appears unfazed by growing demands from the opposition camp and even some ruling party lawmakers to sack education minister Masahito Moriyama over his past connection with the Unification Church. Moriyama acknowledged signing an effective policy agreement…[Continue Reading...]

Chief Cabinet secretary admits meeting with church group

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi is the latest minister admitting to contact with the Unification Church, confirming on Feb. 7 that he met with individuals connected to the controversial religious group in September 2021. The top government spokesman confirmed a…[Continue Reading...]

Education minister signed Unification Church-supporting document

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Education minister Masahito Moriyama, who also has religious affairs within his ministerial portfolio, admitted Wednesday to signing a document pledging support for issues championed by the Unification Church ahead of the October 2021 general election. At a parliamentary session, Moriyama…[Continue Reading...]

Minister denies seeking campaign support from ex-Unification Church affiliate

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Japan's education minister Moriyama Masahito has denied seeking election campaign support from an organization related to the religious group formerly called the Unification Church. The Asahi Shimbun newspaper has reported that Moriyama received a letter of recommendation from the organization…[Continue Reading...]

LDP goes through motions of addressing money scandal

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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party began questioning member lawmakers about a high-profile money scandal involving LDP factions, but there was little sense it is serious about muckraking in its own backyard. Lawmakers from the influential but now-disbanded Abe, Kishida and…[Continue Reading...]

Gov’t panel compiles measures to help Japan’s Unification Church victims

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TOKYO -- The first meeting of a ministerial panel to determine support for victims of the former Unification Church was held at the prime minister's office in Japan's capital on Jan. 19. The panel compiled support measures based on the…[Continue Reading...]

Japan to Use Ex-Believers’ Help in Unification Church Victim Aid

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Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Friday that it will employ the help of former believers and children of believers of Unification Church to enhance consultation for victims of malpractices involving the controversial religious group. Specifically, former Unification…[Continue Reading...]

Victims critical of new law to track Unification Church assets

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The Diet passed a law to keep tabs on the Unification Church’s assets, but victims of the religious organization’s financial abuse criticized the new legislation, saying it fails to block property transfers. Under the law enacted on Dec. 13, the…[Continue Reading...]

Law enacted to monitor asset shielding by religious corporations

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Japan's parliament enacted a law on Wednesday to strengthen monitoring of movements of religious corporation assets possibly subject to legal claims, as the nation moves to protect people caught up in exploitative donation solicitation practices like those employed by the…[Continue Reading...]

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