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Abe's accused killer says in letter, tweets his life destroyed by mother's religion

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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I fortunately don’t have anyone in my life whimpering about mommy not leaving them enough in potential inheritance.

-23 ( +8 / -31 )

Religious destruction

17 ( +21 / -4 )

If everyone took the actions that he did, in finding blame with someone else, for his or hers failures in life, the blood shed would be epic!

He blamed Abe for his mom giving away HER money to a cult. I get his disappointment, but he felt entitled, he felt that his mother's money was his to use in his life.

Killing someone for his own failures and sense of entitlement.... he deserves to hang!

-22 ( +13 / -35 )

Yubaru,

Except you'd be crushed if your entire families wealth was given away to a cult.

21 ( +33 / -12 )

Indeed, not many violent crimes going on in Japan if compared to the rest of the world but pyramid schemes, sagi etc. run rampant, always targeting the aging population and the weak minded. I have a japanese friend (housewife) that for over 10 years been asking me to "get rich" with her, a new scheme every couple of years, last one she asked me to join the "team of winners" by buying overpriced eggs (1,000 for a dozen) every month. She even brought me to 1 or 2 of these events, with american con artists telling absurd lies to the audience of a hundred people who really believed they would be getting rich in 6 months. Last time I checked she said she was doing partime job at a beef bowl restaurant...after all these years daydreaming she would be rich without effort...

Worse than that are these koreans using the name of God to swindle people, when I saw that asian couple with their silly crowns being cheered by thousands like kings (nobodies unknown by pretty much most of the civilized world) I almost puked.

20 ( +24 / -4 )

Some Japanese have expressed understanding, even sympathy, for the 41-year-old suspect...

Not some, many. And not only Japanese. He is perceived hero to those who have suffered due to this evil cult. It took his regrettable illegal action to bring this to the public attention.

27 ( +32 / -5 )

It is hard not to feel sympathy for this guy in his plight. I wasn’t aware that his brother committed suicide too, which makes it even harder.

If only, for his sake, he could have found some other way to bring attention to this whack group cult - although their anti-communist stance is commendable. Communism has killed more people than anything. But two wrongs don’t make a right. I hope this church is ruined. We can continue to raise attention to the perils of communism without them.

6 ( +17 / -11 )

It's evident to all but the self-deluded mother that her son's life was blighted by the consequences of his mother's hopeless, lifelong addiction to the "opium of the people", and such is the insidious cocktail of religion and Mammon that ex-PM Abe himself became a victim of an "inconsequential" individual whose twisted life path he unwittingly crossed. The double-edged sword of religiosity may help people without hope facing fatal illness and death and even adults living lives of quiet desperation, but it sure don't make you smarter, imho.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Oh, the poor, poor Murderer! Tears for the Assassin! The Associated Press in this hideous article comes dangerously close to making justifications for the culprit of this heinous crime...for what again? For Abe being responsible for his Mummy's life decisions? Really??

How does that work again? There are parents who spend all their money at pachinko parlors, leaving nothing for the kids: maybe that kid would be justified in doing violence to a pachinko parlor worker? Or what about Warren Buffett, one of the richest men on earth: he's planning to give away all his money, and takes the attitude that giving inheritance to unproductive kids is a bad idea..,Anyone else "sympathize" with the kids of Warren Buffett? Should those kids have "rage" at their father's spendthrift charity, or maybe they should put all their anger on Bill Gates instead, whose Fund is the benefit of all of Daddy Buffett's billions?

Smh.

-22 ( +7 / -29 )

The trail of destruction the cult has left in its wake pales in comparison with the cost in lives, thwarted hope, and dreams of LDP mismanagement.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Being swindled out of money is just one facet about how cults can impact families...obviously Yamagami was also subject to being brought up in a household upended by a mentally weak/off the rails mother, which obviously had something to do with his father and brother committing suicide, so this isn't simply about money, it's much bigger than that.

The fact that cults will target and intentionally exploit people like Yamagami's mother puts lawmakers aligned with such cults who are paid by citizens to look after them on thin ice regarding those individuals who have suffered as a direct result of those lawmakers working closely with and mutually profiting with said cults.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

Looks like it is not Japanese politicians but media left with good will that could possibly crash this evil cult forever. UC has just send revenge PR that NTV has been tied with itself for long at the 24 hours TV by utilizing members as program staffs for free. FIGHTING! Kill this Korean cult completely!

18 ( +19 / -1 )

Japan and Japanese people are quite the culty people.

Many successful cults have made a lot of money here and ruined many lives.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

UC has just send revenge PR that NTV has been tied with itself for long at the 24 hours TV by utilizing members as program staffs for free.

NTV (like the UC) was also a creation of the CIA, as the US State Department funded Yomiuri Shinbun owner Shoriki Matsutaro (accused war criminal who was held in Sugamo prison until he cut a deal with the CIA and was given an official code name) to create NTV...somehow it doesn't seem to be a coincidence that the CIA-funded LDP and NTV have both been working closely with the UC all these years.

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While I sympathize with Yamagami's plight (if it's true....we haven't heard his mother's side of the story) it's absolutely no excuse for killing an innocent person. He may have experienced pain from his mother's actions but what about the death he caused Abe san and the pain inflicted on his family? -Mostly because of money.

If what he said about his mother is true, the focus of our anger should still be far more on him than on the Unification Church. He's the murderer of the innocent, they are possibly fleecers of their flock.

-15 ( +4 / -19 )

I dont care what Abes killer has to say.

-17 ( +4 / -21 )

My ex mother in law gave obscene amounts of money to these freaks.

My ex told me her mom had travelled many time to Korea because of them, I didn’t realize who they were at that time. We even went to Korea once because I thought it would be nice for my ex to see the place since she had never been…OMG.

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I fortunately don’t have anyone in my life whimpering about mommy not leaving them enough in potential inheritance.

Do you have anyone in your life that can read, perhaps? This has nothing to do with inheritance.

Yamagami was four when his father, an executive of a company founded by the suspect’s grandfather, killed himself. After his mother joined the Unification Church, she began making big donations that bankrupted the family and shattered Yamagami’s hope of going to college. His brother later committed suicide.

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""experts say the case has also illuminated the plight of thousands of other children of church adherents who have faced abuse and neglect.""

This is NOT a surprise at all, like many other cults across the globe they target the weak, and vulnerable especially seniors who have $ savings. Cults are well known for their deceptive tactics and lies to control the minds of their followers, and once they join might as well kiss them goodbye.

We all remember David Koresh who claimed to be a prophet, and so called preacher Jim Jones and the death and destruction they caused to their followers and others including federal and local officers.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Hard as it maybe, the accused would be better off staying quiet at the moment. He has not been indicted yet. At the end of the day prosecutor's in Japan want confessions with Mens Rea. I hope that he is allowed full access to a lawyer.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Sorry mate I have no sympathy whatsoever.

My life wasn't easy either but I never expected my parents money. I think that was the mistake his parents made.

I hope he will get the highest possible punishment.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Take away money and religion and you have no war. Fact

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Religious cults like this, including catholicism... especially catholicism, are the reason I hate religion.

I had similar situations where my parents have been blinded by religion, and consequently taught me to be a total religious hypocrite. My parents, church community and my school teachers (I went to a school where all teachers are nuns).

Luckily for me I've always been able to see thru their lies and the way they've used the bible, Jesus and whatever imaginary friends they believe in, to justify all the prejudices they have or had in their heads.

Anyways. Seeing Yamagami's sad story, I really hope the moonies cult gets destroyed in Japan. Or that they at least suffers a big blow, in terms of followers awakening from their mind control and start leaving the cult.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

"He cried in pain in his workshop as he assembled several homemade weapons with the sole purpose to kill"

-yep, I feel a lot of sympathy for this guy

3 ( +6 / -3 )

The mother told prosecutors she's sorry for troubling to the church, for her son's wrong doing. But not for her son taking Abe's life.

She's really gone (deep into that group).

9 ( +10 / -1 )

A big excuse of 41 years old man of failures!

No matter what kind of environment you are in, how you respond to that environment and what you choose from the infinite options is ultimately your own free will and responsibility.

No matter how unfavorable the environment in which he grew up was, the question arises as to whether the long 20 years that followed were not enough for him to lift up his own life. Perhaps he blames his mother and her mother's religion for his 20 years of his own failures.

Are we not deceived by his story of excuses?

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

The whole saga will make for great entertainment at the Kabuki-za someday.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

For all you "bleeding hearts" out there sympathizing with Abe's killer, get a job! Looking at all the thumbs down I wonder how entitled you all feel you are. Plenty of jobs in Japan... but this idiot felt his whole life was ruined because mommy gave away the money he could have used to by a new Nintendo Console. Toughen up people!

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

Poor Yamagami had his life bombed out by no fault of his own, but PM Abe did not deserve the hit. The criminal mind is notorious for impatience. He should have waited for the real problem makers to take the slap. There is an Avenger.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Many Japanese politicians are in bed with a foreign religious cult - they should be tried for treason pi’s acts against the people of Japan!

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Yep. That's what cults do.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Take away money and religion and you have no war. Fact

You mean like in the Communist USSR who slaughtered 20 million?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Easy time make weak people…

Blaming others for their own mistakes is a result of this decadence.

Your choices, your consequences

Stop whining about unfair world cause it’s really unfair but for many people not only you

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Plenty of cults in Japan. The cult of “happy science” is also a great concern! These insidious organisations know how to grease the wheels of political parties (see LDP) to stay out of trouble with the law! Ryuho Okawa a Wall Street trader( real trust worthy type…) this guy has his own schools and universities spreading his “message” and follow similar principles to the moonies by selling exorbitantly priced paraphernalia to its cultists. Yet this cult to is allowed to thrive in Japan…wonder why that is?

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Yup. The cult of happy science is another one. They're big in my city and many of their followers (that I know of) are loaded.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Some Japanese have expressed understanding, even sympathy, for the 41-year-old suspect

Only communists will sympathize with him. Nincompoops.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

What a self entitled a$$ wipe! And I can't believe there are people who have sympathy for this assassin!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

His life is destroyed by his actions.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

How horrible his mother is/was.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Japan and Japanese people are quite the culty people.

Many successful cults have made a lot of money here and ruined many lives.

Absolutely right. Even amongst small groups, cults form in Japan. The latest cult I have come across is Medical Reiki. It's a good example of pyramid selling.

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Yubaru,

Except you'd be crushed if your entire families wealth was given away to a cult

Been there, done that, and STOPPED it from happening!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Yamagami had a lot of hardship in his life, and opportunities destroyed such as going to college due to his mother's crazy behaviour. However he could have just worked, saved and go back to college at a later age. Instead of focusing on anger he could have focused on turning thing around even if it was slow steps. What he did was wrong!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

A big excuse of 41 years old man of failures!

No matter what kind of environment you are in, how you respond to that environment and what you choose from the infinite options is ultimately your own free will and responsibility.

No matter how unfavorable the environment in which he grew up was, the question arises as to whether the long 20 years that followed were not enough for him to lift up his own life. Perhaps he blames his mother and her mother's religion for his 20 years of his own failures.

Are we not deceived by his story of excuses?

The thing is that everyone with half a brain knows what this cult does, yet this guy was the only one to take a stand against them. Japan's politicians are being scrutinized now because of him, and the cult is getting bad publicity. So while I don't condone murder, it's also not fair these cults can go around taking advantage of the vulnerable and get lucrative deals from politicians as well. They are even more sick than the murderer himself.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

doesn't excuse him killing Abe...for whom I have no love for anyway, the man was an ass...but religions and cults that demand large donations from their followers make me sick. Vultures preying on the vulnerable and weak minded. Religion should be crushed for the good of society.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The lack of empathy and compassion here is appalling.

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