Unification Church-linked group obtained huge amount of land for Japan-Korea tunnel project

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An organization affiliated with the Unification Church acquired vast expanses of land in southwest Japan’s northern Kyushu region for a project to create an undersea tunnel connecting Japan and South Korea, the Mainichi Shimbun has found.

The land spans at least some 460,000 square meters, the equivalent of about 10 Tokyo Dome stadiums. The affiliated body has also admitted that its predecessor accepted a donation of 10 billion yen, or roughly $75.5 million, from the religious group, now formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. It is possible that the large donations the Unification Church collected from its followers were used toward the goal of realizing the Japan-Korea tunnel project.

It is envisioned that by the undersea tunnel and other means, the Saga Prefecture city of Karatsu would be connected with South Korea via the Nagasaki Prefecture islands of Iki and Tsushima. Late Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon is said to have proposed the project in 1981.

The land was acquired by the International Highway Foundation (IHF), a Tokyo-based general incorporated foundation that is promoting the tunnel project. Between November and December last year, the Mainichi Shimbun examined the registries of each piece of land based on the IHF’s material and other sources. It found out that at least around 165,000 square meters of land was owned by the foundation in the city of Karatsu, some 280,000 square meters in the city of Tsushima, and about 17,000 square meters in the city of Iki. All areas are located along the route of the envisioned tunnel.

Content retrieved from: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20230111/p2a/00m/0na/012000c.

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