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No-confidence motion against scandal-hit minister voted down in Diet

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Japan's House of Representatives on Tuesday voted down a no-confidence motion against education minister Masahito Moriyama, who has drawn scrutiny over his links to the controversial Unification Church. The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan criticized Moriyama, whose ministerial…[Continue Reading...]

Japan Education Minister Faces No-Confidence Motion

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Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)--The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan on Monday submitted a no-confidence motion against education minister Masahito Moriyama over his alleged relationship in the past with a group linked to the controversial religious organization Unification…[Continue Reading...]

37 consultation requests made by kids regarding Unification Church worries: Japan gov’t

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TOKYO -- Japan's national government on Feb. 16 passed a Cabinet resolution recognizing 37 cases of children seeking guidance over worries related to the controversial religious group Unification Church. The move was in response to a written question from opposition…[Continue Reading...]

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...]

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