Unification Church demands Japan’s NHK cancel ‘insulting’ program

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TOKYO — The Unification Church has published a protest against Japanese public broadcaster NHK, demanding that it stop airing and apologize for a program dealing with the religious group’s recruitment methods.

NHK changed part of the program’s title, which the group viewed as problematic, and aired it as scheduled. It is unusual for the Unification Church, now known formally as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, to demand the cancelation of a program before it is aired, and an expert pointed out that the group may have been seeking to discourage media coverage.

The program “Kikenna Sasayaki,” or dangerous whispers, was aired late at night on Sept. 23. Based on court documents from a lawsuit filed against the church by a former female member — a suit she won — the program included a dramatization of past attempts to recruit believers, including hiding the group’s name and door-to-door sales tactics disguised as charitable activities.

Content retrieved from: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20230926/p2a/00m/0na/020000c.

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