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Japan decides to strip Unification Church's religious corporation status

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Soka Gakkai NEXT.

https://markrogow.blogspot.com/2013/07/soka-gakkai-owned-or-affiliated.html?m=1

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Sad that huge scandals and the assassination of ex-PM Abe had to happen first in order for the government to finally do something about this organization.

How about putting a proper system that can properly address complains about religious organizations and take the necessary steps to eliminate those abusing the system? Solving only the most obvious example of the problem is not going to prevent the same thing happening in the future.

11 ( +20 / -9 )

If that July 8th 2022 incident never happened, will J Govt let Unification Church to continue doing their business? Especially with many Japanese politician that involved.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Unification-Church-and-politics/Unification-Church-How-Japan-politicians-counted-on-members-votes

-1 ( +16 / -17 )

Great news. Hope all those church members regret joining that dangerous cult now. Get their names online.

Next up please - go after Scientologists, Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons.

17 ( +23 / -6 )

Scientology is not a religion here.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Scientology is not a religion here.

It is - there are scientology offices (churches? I don't know what you call them) around Japan.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Scientology is in Japan but is not recognized as a religion and has no tax-free exemption.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Good first step.

Now deal with the guys who set it up in the first place and fire the Japanese politicians who have been supporting it all these years.

If this is not done, the whole thing is just another sham.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

While you are at it just stop giving special status to religious group overalls, make them classify as the companies that they are and tax them as so.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Hopefully they will not let them just to rename/ rebrand and continue, like Aum.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

I got no problem with this but why is Aum allowed to exist? They committed a terrorist act, murdered 15 people, seriously injured 54, and affected the health of almost a 1,000 people.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

" religious corporation status" should be stripped from all of them. Once an organization runs a for-profit business, it is not a "religion" any more.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Let's hope its loss of its tax-free status is backdated to day one and they get a mother of all tax bills.

Shame the government and the courts don't have the balls to close them down completely.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

wallaceToday  05:04 pm JST

Scientology is not a religion here.

"Welcome to Scientology Tokyo. We are very happy to welcome you to this new church.

Since establishing our first facility in Japan in 1988, our church has continued to serve our members tirelessly and steadily expanded in size. We are extremely happy to have opened a new church facility in Shinjuku and to be able to make further contributions to the local community.

The new facility is a realization of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's ideals, known as the "Ideal Organization."

https://www.scientology-tokyo.org/

6 ( +12 / -6 )

▏ Scientology is not a religion here.

"Welcome to Scientology Tokyo. We are very happy to welcome you to this new church.

What Wallace (probably) meant: Japan does not officially recognize Scientology as a religion.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Hopefully they will not let them just to rename/ rebrand and continue, like Aum.

Sadly, that exact thing will happen. We shouldn't expect the thousands of members to just stop their believes.

But like Aum, at least they'll (as an organization) always be watched and get their tax benefits taken away.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I said Scientology was in Japan but the government does not consider it a religion and it does not have tax exemption status.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

There are quite a few 'new religions' in Japan that employ similar 'malicious practices' that could just as easily be dealt with in the same way as the Unification Church. Koufuku no Kagaku (Happy Science) is a prominent one with a truly bizarre cosmology. They've even spun off their own political party (Koufuku Jitsugen-to) that seems like it wants to be the Japan branch of MAGA.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Good job, though not before time it would seem.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

If that July 8th 2022 incident never happened, will J Govt let Unification Church to continue doing their business? Especially with many Japanese politician that involved.

**If that July 8th 2022 incident HAD never happened, WOULD J Govt HAVE let Unification Church to continue doing their business? Especially with many Japanese politician that involved.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Good, dissolve and ban all such cults.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Scientology has been in Japan for 35 years. They call themselves a "Church" and seek followers who are expected to follow their rules and practices.They are a cult.

Whether they are registered in Japan as a religion or not is not relevant to the issue at hand; the danger cult religions pose to society.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

OssanAmerica

Scientology has been in Japan for 35 years. They call themselves a "Church" and seek followers who are expected to follow their rules and practices.They are a cult.

I am not a supporter of Scientology.

Scientology in Japan does not have a Religious Corporation Status, unlike the Unification Church.

Whether they are registered in Japan as a religion or not is not relevant to the issue at hand; the danger cult religions pose to society.

What has Scientology done that requires a dissolution? How to dissolve an organization that does not have the Religious Corporation Status?

I believe Tom Cruise stopped being a Scientologist five years ago.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Smart Move , Long overdue.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

OssanAmerica

Which law would be used to dissolve Scientology?

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JayToday  04:33 pm JST

Soka Gakkai NEXT.

https://markrogow.blogspot.com/2013/07/soka-gakkai-owned-or-affiliated.html?m=1

Yes. Any religion that practices or promotes hate and terror is a false one. A cult.

> virusrexToday  04:33 pm JST

Sad that huge scandals and the assassination of ex-PM Abe had to happen first in order for the government to finally do something about this organization.

How about putting a proper system that can properly address complains about religious organizations and take the necessary steps to eliminate those abusing the system? Solving only the most obvious example of the problem is not going to prevent the same thing happening in the future.

Maybe Abe wasn't a good PM, he disgraced himself in that Olympic scandal but that's no excuse for offing him.

The Moonie church controls everything in their members' lives, even their marriages. That's what cults do. They're exclusive and they keep their members away from others.

KuribozuToday  08:16 pm JST

There are quite a few 'new religions' in Japan that employ similar 'malicious practices' that could just as easily be dealt with in the same way as the Unification Church. Koufuku no Kagaku (Happy Science) is a prominent one with a truly bizarre cosmology. They've even spun off their own political party (Koufuku Jitsugen-to) that seems like it wants to be the Japan branch of MAGA.

Anybody who does that is looking for power and influence and is not being spiritual at all.

What has Scientology done that requires a dissolution? How to dissolve an organization that does not have the Religious Corporation Status?

I believe Tom Cruise stopped being a Scientologist five years ago.

No he hasn't. And Scientology and the Moonies, at least in America have had some influence in these 'Prayer Breakfast' events.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Excellent, well done Japan...

Eradicate sects !!!..

1 ( +4 / -3 )

While the Japanese government may be justified in seeking a court order, I am troubled by any impingement into religious freedom.

Why? Due to religious freedom is the basis of all other freedoms. If we are not allowed to recognize that we were created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights, then the state becomes the sole grantor of "rights," and what freedoms the government arbitrarily creates, the government can arbitrarily remove.

Power becomes the ultimate element in governance and morality. Might makes right. This is called the fallacy of argumentum ad baculum, or to paraphrase Mao Tse Tung, "persuasion from the barrel of a gun."

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@Jeremiah

You are free to believe in whatever god you choose to. No one is stopping anyone from doing so. But that religious freedom doesn't give you the right to prey on those who might be weak at a given moment, nor impede into government affairs. This specific organization is getting what they deserve.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

All religions are cults.

Religion should not be involved in government in any way.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Scientology is not a religion here.

The Church of Scientology defines itself as a religion... nice try

1 ( +2 / -1 )

All religions are cults.

Religion should not be involved in government in any way.

Religion should not be involved in anything.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Religion is the most evil construct the world over, every thing it touches it crushes. Yet countless billions suck up to them, financing them, lets them ruin their lives, and they accept it all. Who is at fault then, religions or their lap dogs? All religions should be banned.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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