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Abe murder revealing religion's role in Japan's child abuse problem

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The assassination of Shinzo Abe by the son of a Unification Church devotee led Japan to a reckoning about the issue of child abuse and neglect linked to parents' religious affiliations.

Supporting the LDP gerontocracy which is retarding Japanese progress. Giving aid to Abe and his Abenomics plans that have resulted in the enrichment of a tiny percentage of Japanese as overall quality of life has fallen.

Enmeshing families in trauma.

Tell me again why religions are allowed special privileges and tax exemption which allows them to amass great wealth and influence? All for peddling fantastical fictions?

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 religion's role in Japan's child abuse problem

Japan really need one national tragedy to finally aware about this? It took two years after that tragedy?

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or forcing beliefs and practices on them

Some parents were found to have forced their family members to engage in religious activities by using physical violence or by leveraging the threat of punishment in the afterlife,

By these criteria practically all major world religions have forced, and still force, religion on the next generation. It's abuse, pure and simple. If people were allowed to adopt their religion freely at a time of their choosing then most religions would, if not become extinct, be confined to much smaller pockets and much less influence.

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Lumping all religions and all institutions of religion together in “religion’s role”. Makes as much much sense as lumping as secular related issues under “the state’s role”

any and every institution on earth leans towards abusing their power when a) they have too much of it, or b) their power is opaque.

this is not a religious/secular issue, this is an institutional abuse of power issue

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I do not condone assassination. Rulers, governments, and all-powerful entities had relied on it, blatantly, openly, shamefully, and cruelly. They are in power so that nothing can judge or punish them. I know that for the populace, my comment will be controversial.

If, in the impossible eventually I am a judge, will certainly expel from the country the perpetrator, sit on a throne, give him a totally new identity, and provide him with all his needs, for life.

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The government should do a lot more to shut down and ban dangerous cults such as the Unification Church (aka Moonies), Scientologists, Jehovahs Witnesses, Aleph (formerly known as Aum Shinrikyo), and many smaller Japanese-founded cults.

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The government should do a lot more to shut down and ban dangerous cults such as the Unification Church (aka Moonies),

Why would they? When they provide financial and electoral support to the one party state.

Which is the whole point of the article and highlights the fact that caring for Japanese families is a very minor concern of the LDP.

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Religious organisations and individuals are many and varied. If any have broken the law then deal with them. But leave the others in peace and don't paint all with the same brush.

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This is a lame excuse to explain Shinzo Abe's failings as a leader and corruption. Religious groups do not explain the other scandals that Shinzo Abe was involved with.

Japanese bullying stemming during middle school and high school from the sempai/kohai system within a high-context group culture cultivated in elementary school plays a bigger role in child abuse than religion!

Bulliying or being bullied in school increases ones chance to be grown-up bully at home and at work.

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It also does not explain the failing of the incompetent child welfare system in Japan.

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The assassination of Shinzo Abe by the son of a Unification Church devotee led Japan to a reckoning about the issue of child abuse and neglect linked to parents' religious affiliations.

When Yamagami eventually goes to trial for allegedly killing Abe, I hope the judge takes into account the positive results that came as a result.

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@Mr. Kipling

It's not allegedly. He murdered him in front of everyone's eyes and in front of the cameras, video clips the entire world saw.

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Unless constrained by checks and balances, power so often corrupts. The problem is not religion per se; the same susceptibility to abuse dynamic applies throughout society. The best safeguard is to strive for a mutually supportive society that inculcates in its citizenry a duty of care and vigilance.

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Yamagami was well into adulthood and still living off of his mother’s money. From what I read, she did not become active with the Moonies until he was an adult. Yeah, the Moonies are a cult and were bleeding this woman dry, but it was not a case of child neglect. Yamagami was far past the age when he should have been able to take care of himself financially.

The problem with cults draining money from their followers is real. The corruption running back and forth between cults and political parties in Japan is real. This case highlighted both of these issues. There were no children involved, unless we’re twisting a 41-year-old man into a “child.”

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That is a very confusing headline.

A parent frittering away family wealth to a religion is regrettable, and will certainly create resentment, but is not necessarily "child abuse". It is certainly not sexual child abuse, the form of "child abuse" now notoriously associated with religions such as the Catholic church. Putting "murder" "religion" and "child abuse" into a headline that lacks context is irresponsible and likely to further prejudice against unconnected religions. Every so often, a teacher is caught recording 10 year olds getting changed for swim class, but we are not encouraged to associate "child abuse" with "schools". It is correctly blamed on the teacher as an individual.

fwiw, I personally do see Abe's assassination as a form of blowback for the Kishi family. The motive does not justify the act however.

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When Yamagami eventually goes to trial for allegedly killing Abe, I hope the judge takes into account the positive results that came as a result.

Spot on.

Great comments and sentiments, but this being Japan an OB stronghold it isn't going to happen.

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Christianity not religion. In fact it is a single sect that is being mentioned here

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sakurasuki

Today 07:04 am JST

religion's role in Japan's child abuse problem

> Japan really need one national tragedy to finally aware about this? It took two years after that tragedy

It took the UK, USA, France, Canada, etc... centuries and they still are arguing about it and the states responsibility and involvement it the abuse!

So 2 years after isn't that long in comparison!

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WatanabeBuddha

Today 03:04 pm JST

Christianity not religion. In fact it is a single sect that is being mentioned here

OK, so lets add in the Catholic church, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Lutheran, Southern baptiste, Seventh day evangelist, Jehovah witnesses, just to name a few that are presently dealing with scandals regarding child abuse and there are plenty more sects having the same problems and it is not limited to christian groups but Islam and even certain Jewish sects are also dealing with similar issues !

Even Buddhist sects have been in the news lately over abuse cases!

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Open-minded

Today 11:17 am JST

It also does not explain the failing of the incompetent child welfare system in Japan.

Actually it does.

Like all the scandals recently in the news in other countries, the problem always comes back to the constitution and the "freedom of religion".

The state is limited and due to the constitution must tread very carefully when the issue revolves around religious beliefs and choices.

Pulling a child from their parent's care over religious beliefs or practices in not easy again because of the constitution, not in Japan, not in The USA, not in Canada, the UK or most of the EU, and it all goes back to the freedom of religion clauses in their constitutions.

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Blame it on religion all you want. For every instance that religion here results in a child abuse problem, there are likely 100 where it doesn't.

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