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Hmm. “Religious group” not named. Hmm.

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Unification Church (Moonies)

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Can a man murder a political leader, thinking the politician was responsible for the bankruptcy of his (the culprit's) mother?

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Unification Church (Moonies

Something to do with S Korea?

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The "Opium of the people" is a constant menace to the health of Japanese democracy. If you turn over the rock, you'll find a myriad of religious cults that those Japanese citizens who feel abandoned by the duplicitous LDP and live lives of quiet desperation without hope always turn to. Abe was simply the poster boy and therefore became a target for the angry, disaffected Yamagami.

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Must be the Unification Church with which Abe was associated.

But for sure, going by the comments of folks on other articles, this will be used to point fingers at Soka Gakkai.

Those who don't know better will quickly come to the conclusion that since LDP and Komeito are in alliance, it must be the Soka Gakkai that is being referred to.

This has happened before. After the Aum Shinrikyo sarin subway attacks, there were numerous steps taken by the LDP to clip the wings of 'religious cults', and these steps were actually aimed at Soka Gakkai. This inspite of the fact that the antipathy of the Aum founder to Soka Gakkai and its leaders was well documented. That time, LDP was not in alliance with Komeito, and in fact the 2 sides had been feuding for several years.

The fact is that the alliance between LDP and Komeito is an alliance of convenience, and not an alliance of ideologies. There is mutual dislike between the LDPs conservative support base and the Soka Gakkai member base (who are more dovish and progressive).

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One of the “elite security “ did raise a bulletproof briefcase the rest of them dropped a brick and the ball.

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Everybody in America,are asking about the Nippon Kaigi

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Disgusting excuse.

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Why is the Japanese news avoiding saying what religious group.

Apparently a leader of that group was originally scheduled to also be with Abe, so I am sure the Japanese news organizations know the name but they are all tiptoeing around it.

Typical gutless wonders of Japanese journalism.

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@garypen Because you have to find the origin of the moonies. Then you will know the answer.

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I can only say this seems avoidable. When you look at the video of the attack there was ample warning by the first shot but literally no one had Abe-san's back.

@Reckless

I timed the shots and there was at most three seconds between them. Now, if, and that's a big if, the men in black had been tracking the perp it may have been enough to put themselves between him and Abe. But they were not. Two of those three seconds were spent trying to find the cause of the commotion; in he final second one of the bodyguards thrust his briefcase in the way but it was too late. Had they another two to three seconds, I reckon they would have stopped the second shot.

Another thing to consider is Abe's training in avoiding threats. Had he been taught to instinctively hit the deck in response to sudden loud sounds, he would still be here.

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Everybody in America,are asking about the Nippon Kaigi

No they aren't.

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Nippon Kaigi was mention on ABC news

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This guy followed Abe schedule on Abe website, according to Wikipedia dossier of the killer

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Can a man murder a political leader, thinking the politician was responsible for the bankruptcy of his (the culprit's) mother?

What's the point here? Everyone in the world knows he did and everyone in the world probably, with the exception of a few, that people have been murdered for less.

What is it you really want to say? This "question" is meaningless.

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Nippon Kaigi was mention on ABC news

So if something is written in an article in JT, then "everyone" in Japan is asking or curious about it?

I dont think so. I am quite sure you went to great lengths to find that tidbit of information, that really doesnt matter, as it's not a "religious" organization!

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Very sad and tragic for his wife Akie. Dignity to be maintained.

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The "elite" security team was about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The octogenarians at my local shopping center could have done a better job.

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Abe fell victim to a complete whacko with a homemade gun. Will this be enough to make Japan start taking mental health seriously?

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Abe fell victim to a complete whacko with a homemade gun. Will this be enough to make Japan start taking mental health seriously?

In reality, probably not, because most will probably think that this guy was the exception to the rule.

Folks still dont want to face the reality of mental health issues here, leastwise not openly.

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Yabaru mental illness is a serious problem in Japan,just sweeping under the rug,will not make it go away

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I'm not asking if he killed a political leader. Rather, I'm asking what the real reason for the homicide he committed was.

Some poster suggests a cult religious group is involved here.

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Why the religious group should be named? There is no reason of it.

Work hard and build your life rather than relying on your mother's money.

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This was a total failure by the security personal responsible for Mr. Abe safety. Simple as that.

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Alleged murder likely predicated on pure insanity.

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If it is SG, it will surely not be identified until well after the elections on Sunday given SG's relationship to Komeito.

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I knew the killer would be some small-minded, petty little man with a small-minded, petty little grab-bag of resentments. You can’t see these people coming, not that Abe-san’s so-called security team tried particularly hard.

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Lots of indications that the "religious group" may well be the Unification Church aka "Family Federation for World Peace and Unity", known for it's rightist stance.

Quite infamous for it's strong hand tactics in aggressive fundraising.

Abe was an active supporter.

Interesting link from 10 months ago.

https://www.japan-press.co.jp/modules/news//index.php?id=13764

Could be wrong.

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conspiracy?

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He is probably an idiot who has no particular deep thoughts and is prone to believe in conspiracy theories. Just a chu-2-byo who wants to show off.

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YrralToday 06:41 pm JST

> Yabaru mental illness is a serious problem in Japan,just sweeping under the rug,will not make it go away

Shall I Google that?

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Fanta

Today 07:01 pm JST

Why the religious group should be named? There is no reason of it.

FantaToday  07:01 pm JST

Why the religious group should be named? There is no reason of it.

Work hard and build your life rather than relying on your mother's money.

Are we to take this as you knowing something we don't?

So you know the religion or you know the shooter?

Because the only way you could know he was living on his mother's money would be to have direct knowledge of one or both of the above.

If not, then did it ever occur to you that he isn't living on his mother's money but more likely stuck supporting her after the religious group took all her money?

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YubaruToday  06:14 pm JST

Nippon Kaigi was mention on ABC news*

I dont think so. I am quite sure you went to great lengths to find that tidbit of information, that really doesnt matter, as it's not a "religious" organization!

Nippon Kaigai followers believe that the superior Yamato pure race and their godly emperor descend from the sun.

If that not a crazy religion, what is?

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Why the religious group should be named? There is no reason of it.

Why deliberately withhold information?

There are good reasons not to. Religious cults are extremely damaging (taking all of someone's wealth is a good give away that this is a cult).

They need to be named and avoided. Some like Aum Shinrikyo are murderous, suicidal like Heaven's Gate, apocalyptic, like the Jehovah Witnesses. Some require money, like Scientology. But all damage their followers and need to be singled out.

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Abe died from blood loss, the police said, with an autopsy determining that there were two gunshot wounds on his upper left arm and neck. There was another neck wound, but it is unknown how that was caused, they said.

The dr. at the press conference yesterday said there were two wounds to the neck, caused by the bullet.

Maybe there was another shooter.

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Close family members will wash and prepare his body and then hold a otsuya or wake.

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Abe fell victim to a complete whacko with a homemade gun. Will this be enough to make Japan start taking mental health seriously?

I'm sorry, but that is way too easy of an excuse to throw. Some people in the United States have been trying to pin the Highland Park shooting on mental health issues when the action was totally premeditated on top of the fact that he has a violent history with political ideology. It is nothing but pure terrorism. Besides, anything that demonstrates premeditation behind a first-degree murder in court will crush any claim of mental health issues, which would imply that the person doesn't have the capacity to commit premeditated murder.

In Yamagami's case here, he has deliberately chosen to forget that he and his mother have rights they can defend in the face of a wrongdoing. Using legal means to defend your rights is a tenet of any civilized society. Taking action on some unfounded belief or following a conspiracy theory is not.

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YrralToday  05:42 pm JST

Everybody in America,are asking about the Nippon Kaigi

Nobody in America even knows about it.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-09/shinzo-abe-s-death-highlights-fringe-japan-political-party-that-criticized-him

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I am so sorry for your loss Akie san. Such a despicable and cowardly act will not go unpunished. Rest In Peace Shinzo.

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Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, has also admitted that he intended to kill Abe, believing he had ties with the group, the sources said

Is it true?

The press in Japan deserve to unearth an answer or the general consensus of Yamagami being a ‘nutter’ will just be the easy accepted rhetoric.

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I am confused. Which one is the religious group that Yamagami wanted to attack?

Doitsu Kyokai or Nippon Kaigi?

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And now you will hang

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Lots of indications that the "religious group" may well be the Unification Church aka "Family Federation for World Peace and Unity", known for it's rightist stance.

Yes - there's a long and deep relationship between the Unification Church, Ryoichi Sasakawa and LDP 's Kishida/Abe families going back to the 1950s.

https://tragedyofthesixmarys.com/moon-bought-protection-japan/

It's becoming apparent that Tetsuya Yamagami's mother was a member of the Unification Church but her son reportedly had left and joined a militant splinter group, probably the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, known as the Sanctuary.

The Pennsylvania-based Sanctuary is led by Hyung Jin Sean Moon, son of the Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon and is a far-right, Trump-supporting anti-LGBT group that owns a small arms manufacturer. They came to prominence as part of the attack on the US Capital Building in January 2021. The Sanctuary and mainstream Unification Church seem to be embroiled in a power struggle which has spilled over into Japanese domestic politics.

Further, the conspiracy theory nationalist crackpots of the NHK Party have been claiming that Abe was a tool of anti-Japanese foreign groups such the Unification Church. These people are absolutely nuts:

https://twitter.com/JpPoliticsChl/status/1540868516085395456

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Typical gutless wonders of Japanese journalism.

If journalists write things the police have told them not to, they will no longer get invited to police information meetings. There is a reason why Japan scores so low on Freedom of the press charts.

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u_s_reamer quite misses it with his “opium of the people” talk. There are good ideas, and there are bad ideas, just as there are good people and bad people. The vast majority of Japanese have nothing to do with “cults.” One could argue that those who are victims of mad or unscrupulous groups claiming to be religious are all the more vulnerable because of the spiritual vacuum they feel…The LDJ is secular. There are Shintoists, Catholics, Buddhists, and atheists. I have no idea what Abe-san’s personal beliefs were, but I am sure that he was a truly admirable patriot.

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I have some followers of the Soka Gakka within my neighbourhood - it's a sorry situation, the membership is expected to donate everything they own to the Religious group (sounds familiar ?)

There's an article here about them, and they've expanded to the US... perhaps to take on the Mormons ?

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2004/0906/126.html?sh=4ce12e872189

I hope, there's a thorough investigation into their Links to the Political ranks, and what influence they actually have there. However, being a "Powerful" organization, I doubt anything will get done about them.

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One could even postulate that the "Soka Gakkai" were actually behind Abe's Assassination, citing his actions in 2015 regarding the new security laws, and how those go against the whole ethos of the Religious group - thus making him a "Traitor" in their eyes:

https://apjjf.org/-Levi-McLaughlin/4386

Hopefully, a thorough investigation will be carried out, but clearly too late to have any impact upon tomorrow's Upper House Elections - from which, undoubtable the LDP will receive a "Sympathy" boost due to Abe's Death. Which makes food for thought over the role "Soka Gakkai" has within Government...

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/main-parties-contesting-japans-upper-house-election-2022-07-05/

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I bet a cult will spring up around the murderer in Japan,lots of people follow in the step of notorious criminal

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ExPM has nothing to do with your mom's stupidity...

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I have some followers of the Soka Gakka within my neighbourhood - it's a sorry situation, the membership is expected to donate everything they own to the Religious group (sounds familiar ?)

Really? Many in my wife's family are Soka Gakkai members and I'd guess they donate no more than any typical Scot would donate to their local church (i.e. as little as possible). They keep their money to buy their kids clothes, take them on holiday, put them through school, and other normal stuff. Whatever is left over goes on good food and booze at the weekend and occasionally a new car.

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@JTC

I have some followers of the Soka Gakka within my neighbourhood - it's a sorry situation, the membership is expected to donate everything they own to the Religious group

This is patently false. Soka Gakkai is rich as it is, it does not need to arm twist anyone to donate. Contributions are voluntary.

they've expanded to the US

They have been in the US for last 6 decades. The initial Soka members in the US were the Japanese women who had married American servicemen and gone to the US with them.

One could even postulate that the "Soka Gakkai" were actually behind Abe's Assassination, citing his actions in 2015 regarding the new security laws, and how those go against the whole ethos of the Religious group - thus making him a "Traitor" in their eyes:

https://apjjf.org/-Levi-McLaughlin/4386

Traitors are those who initially are with a group and then turn against. Abe had nothing to do with Soka. If at all the Soka members regarded anyone as a traitor it would have been Natsuo Yamaguchi.

Disclaimer - I am an ex-Soka Gakkai member but I left the organization due to my own personal reasons. There are issues in Soka which many members are not comfortable about (for example, I agree that they do get involved with political people in all countries where they have organizations in) but suggesting that someone would be crazy enough to assassinate a former PM who had nothing to do with it is the stuff of conspiracy theories.

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JTCToday 10:45 pm JST

> I have some followers of the Soka Gakka within my neighbourhood - it's a sorry situation, the membership is expected to donate everything they own to the Religious group (sounds familiar ?)

100% incorrect.

The Komeito is part of the government.

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Nippon Kaigi was mention on ABC news

It's not a scoop. Abe was speaking at their events, every body knew that. Well, they do tons of stuff many consider... as unsavory. But I doubt they prey widows for their money (we never know, OK).

Even the other cults that will ruin you, they are not having Abe as their grand-master.

So that does NOT MAKE SENSE to shoot him rather than aiming more directly at the cult (their buildings and/or execs).

There is more to the story.

Or less. Could be the guy won't talk at all so they take ideas from his biography to feed the media.

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It seems a lot of people commenting on here knew how to save him. Just hit the deck, one poster stated. I guess that’s why they are just a poster.

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Lots of indications that the "religious group" may well be the Unification Church aka "Family Federation for World Peace and Unity", known for it's rightist stance.

Quite infamous for it's strong hand tactics in aggressive fundraising.

Soka gakkai are also known for strong hand tactics and aggressive fundraising

Members are brainwashed and donate their entire bonus, members have several subscriptions

of the seikyo newspaper, buy Several copies of Ikeda Sensei books, made to buy butsudan

costing millions. Sola Gakkai is very rich with properties in prime locations. The money comes from

members donation and expensive purchases. I remember when I was a student I was asked to donate

and there was a minimum amount and if I am not mistaken it was 20,000yen and that was more than

30 years ago. If they can ask a student to pay 20,000 yen imagine what a worker will have to pay.

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Well since the group has not been named you psychics are full of ...

Nippon Kaigi is not religious.

Some Moonies supported Abe, but the vast majority hated him because Dokdo Rocks. Keep in mind Rev. Moon and his chic had a very huge hatred of the LDP. Dokdo was to be the new Eden for Moon to fornicate with Moonie chics and replenish the earth after a nuke war between the US and USSR.

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Abe died from blood loss, the police said, with an autopsy determining that there were two gunshot wounds on his upper left arm and neck. There was another neck wound, but it is unknown how that was caused, they said.

Died from the loss of blood but the very important piece of information that Abe was rushed to the hospital

50 minutes after he was shot is missing from the article. Nobody is asking the question why it took that long

to ferry him to the hospital by heli. Maybe he would have survived if he had been rushed to the hospital. I am sure alot of protocol and clearance had to be fulfilled before the heli flew. The manual has to be always followed even in emergency situations.

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made to buy butsudan costing millions

Nonsense. The page below lists fairly cheap ones ranging from ¥25,000 - ¥82,000.

https://www.butsudan-sgi.com/category/select/cid/490

Why do I find myself defending the Soka Gakkai when I don't believe in their teachings? Probably because I find them fairly harmless, and their membership generally consisting of people who seek a little comfort. Not so different from those who go to church simply to join in the hymn singing.

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Members are brainwashed and donate their entire bonus, members have several subscriptions

of the seikyo newspaper, buy Several copies of Ikeda Sensei books, made to buy butsudan

costing millions.

All that is voluntary I believe.

When I was a member I knew folks who were very passionate about their practice and no one forced them to contribute or buy journals and books of Ikeda. They did it out of their own choice.

I personally never donated, and I was never pressurized.

I remember when I was a student I was asked to donate and there was a minimum amount and if I am not mistaken it was 20,000yen and that was more than 30 years ago. *

If this is true then maybe they changed their tactics towards contributions by the time I became a Soka member. I was an SGI member in 3 different countries for more than 20 years and never was forced to do anything that I did not want to do. Though I did feel at times that some Soka leaders were a bit overbearing, but once I made it clear to them that I will not do anything I don't want to do (example take part in organizing exhibitions, singing songs etc) they got the message.

I finally quit because, among many other reasons, there is too much of Ikeda in Soka these days and too little of Nichiren.

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kyushubill Today  12:22 am JST

Well since the group has not been named you psychics are full of ...

Nippon Kaigi is not religious.

Nippon Kaigai is a crazy racist nationalist religious cult that believes in the superiority of Pure Race Yamato people and their God Emperor descending from the Sun Goddess.

How is that not religious, as well as political of course (of the most disgusting kind)?

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Political connections of YAMAGAMI should be thoroughly investigated to ascertain whether any foreign power in involved in the shooting of Shinzo Abe . Akie Abe should now join L D P and play a significant role of nation building and finish the unfinished tasks of Shinzo Abe.

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Political connections of YAMAGAMI should be thoroughly investigated to ascertain whether any foreign power in involved in the shooting of Shinzo Abe

You mean like China?

Akie Abe should now join L D P and play a significant role of nation building and finish the unfinished tasks of Shinzo Abe.

Sharmaji, this is not India where Sonia Gandhi could take over Congress after Rajiv Gandhi's assassination.

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Security should have immediately dog piled Abe at the first sound of an explosion. The security team failed him in every way possible.

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I never understood and still do not understand why every election that politicians go out and scream into the streets with their bullhorns from morning to night and where most ignore them.

Maybe this is a chance for election campaign reform where politicians can go on national television and actually debate one another and give a reprieve on all that shouting to the general public, and where people may actually listen to these politicians and that will also keep them safe and the public safe. Unfortunately, this may not be a one off even with Japan's strict gun laws, with computer technology anything can be made today and this absolutely could happen again and truly making change a must.

RIP, Mr. Abe

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JTCJuly 9  11:06 pm JST

One could even postulate that the "Soka Gakkai" were actually behind Abe's Assassination, citing his actions in 2015 regarding the new security laws, and how those go against the whole ethos of the Religious group - thus making him a "Traitor" in their eyes:

I believe the Japanese police later released a statement that it was the Unification Church the assassin had a grunge against. They probably had to finally release the name because rumors would implicate every Japanese fringe religious group people can think of.

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Abe san is a great political leader, did his best to protect japan.

RIP!

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I'm an old guy, a nobody in this world

Living in a Aussie outback small town.

But I'd like to say

I liked Abe .

I liked his soft smiling face.

There was something about this man that you could put trust in..

I'm so sorry it had to end this way for him.

The world can be a cruel place sometimes.

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Moonies are way more fascist, insane, and violent than the LDP or Nippon Kaigi.

Moonies and FLG are in the same bed that funded Trump's failed revolution in 2020.

Japanese media is afraid of telling about Moonies because the Unification Church holds a powerful political position in Japan, and the organization is also an important proxy of the CIA to disburse black funds for Asian politicians with pro-American leaning.

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1209/S00029/reverend-moon-cult-leader-cia-asset-and-bush-family-friend.htm

Abe family and LDP elites are tied with Moonies because they receive financial backing and orders from the CIA via the Unification Church.

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I'm firmly against a religious group making people donate their money.

However, that's not an excuse to kill somebody, especially someone like former Prime Minister Abe, who contributed so much to the country.

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There's two lines of discussion here...

The "Conspiracy" theories floating around - as to the reasons why he was assassinated, and the actual impact of that.

Conspiracy Theories:

@EvilBuddha - "And so say all of us" ... sadly, you just reinforce what I have said, supporters of the S.G. will do whatever they can to deny anything other than their own truth... Probably a bit like Trump Supporters on Steroids after a night out. So as you know, Evil is just simply Evil... who knows. Politics is incredibly decisive, "believers" on one side will do what they can, to deny whatever those on the other-side or elsewhere say.

@Redstone - "Komeito"  is a smaller faction that is part of the Collation Government, and never-the-less, quite influential within it. Given, my personal unbiased experience, (since I have no Legal right, to vote here in this Country that I pay my taxes to), my local neighborhood "members" , tried (rather coercively & naively - for the aforementioned reason) to get support to promote their own "Political" Candidate, in order to push for certain agendas in their interest, and when you speak with them, it's really like listening to a hyperactive Evangelist towards their own cause... I hate it when Religion and Politics mix - it's an "Evil" mix in itself, and should be banned Globally by the UN as a membership requirement.

These people DO, give away both their time and monies to the so called "Churches" - read the article I posted too.

Furthermore, I'd be pissed off too, if my Parents had ended up being brainwashed by this (or any other Religious) group and given away their money ( had they had any... ) - though, I wouldn't have resorted to the same actions he took. But who knows how others would have reacted. Similar situations exist elsewhere in the World - the U.S, too has its own (un)fair share of such organizations.

As for actual Impact...

The fact of this matter is that now, Abe is dead; some disillusioned "mental" guy killed him, for whatever reason, regardless to the motives for that, (which I hope the Police investigation will properly and without interference, or persuasion/influence, uncover the truth over). Although I don't know them - I feel sympathy for Abe's direct relatives - they are the ones left with the current Pain of this situation - the rest of the Public's (& Political Elite's) showing of Grief in front of TV Camera's is fake in Comparison to that of their own.

How will his absence now impact Japanese Politics ? Well... that will be one to watch, often "Kishida" has been seen to be under the influence of Abe - though now without him around - is he now "his own man" - potentially able to make his own decisions, and if so, where will those go ?

The time is now for true investigative Journalism, and should those Reporters be stopped, the Public should be informed, and given answers as to "why" the truth is being withheld ? That is of course assuming that the Japanese Public really care about their own Politics here, which I sometimes doubt, but should they do so, then some rather hard and rather painful questions will need to be answered, and not simply white-washed away with wishy-washy answers or blamed upon foreign influences or dead individuals who can't answer back.

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The Japanese media outlet Gendai Business has broken the official silence and revealed that the "religious group" was the Unification Church, as everybody knew.

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This is patently false. Soka Gakkai is rich as it is, it does not need to arm twist anyone to donate. Contributions are voluntary.

And how did they get so rich? It seems almost everyone knows somebody who donated way too much of their savings to this religious cult, so there must be something going on there.

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This page is conprehensive for the backgroud of the former PM Abe and the Unification Church.

https://tragedyofthesixmarys.com/moon-bought-protection-japan/

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I have never met a religious group that didn’t ask for and depend on donations from their members

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And how did they get so rich?

Ikeda’s publications and books for one. He is a prolific writer, and his books are open for non-SGI members to buy.

Soka has their monthly journals in most countries. In Japan they have their daily newspaper Seikyō Shimbun.

Apart from that they also sell Butsudans and other merchandise. It’s quite an effective money making operation.

Soka also has universities in US and Japan and schools in a few countries.

The point is that it is voluntary to donate or subscribe to their journals. At least that has been the case for last 3 decades. Sometimes some Soka leaders are a bit pushy as far as the subscription part is concerned, but if you are firm they generally back off.

I took the good parts during my days as a member and learned to ignore the bad parts.

I parted with them on a harmonious note, and some folks from Soka still call me up inquiring if I would like to rejoin. I still practice on my own at my home but my polite answer to them is that I am done with their organisation.

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There is one character to appear in this tragedy. It is the mother of suspect. At some point she must be a material witness and she must speak in court about her son's behavior and her own involvement with the yet unidentified religious organization. Until this happen we have a big hole in front of us--a big hole which is filling up with speculation.

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The man who fatally shot former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told police that his mother had made a "huge donation" to a religious body,

My immediate thought was Sokka Gakai, but why does the article not specify that? Which religious body exactly? Why is the writer so bashful?

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Yamagami, who was unemployed, had previously worked for a manufacturer in the Kansai region from around the fall of 2020, but he quit in May this year, according to a staffing agency employee.

Conspiracies floating around already, but we all know what this fella was. Usually they end up killing a family member, but this idiot managed to stumble his way unto the former PM and infamy. He’ll get the death penalty, but it’ll be a long and drawn out process , maybe 10 to 20 years as he gets to wake up every morning wondering if today is THAT day. Bet he is chuffed with himself at the moment though.

All those rushing to scorn the Abe legacy, before he is even cold, also tells another story.

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