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Gov't warns Unification Church over murky child adoption practice

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The Japanese government on Monday issued an administrative guidance to the Unification Church demanding it comply with the law amid allegations that it has arranged for child adoption between believers' families without authorization.

The religious group, which has been under scrutiny since former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was fatally shot last year by the son of an adherent, says in one of its publications that it is a "beautiful tradition" of the group to give up a child for adoption by childless families.

The adoption mediation law stipulates that permission from a prefectural government is required for the mediation business. If unauthorized mediation recurs, violations of the law are suspected regardless of whether the service is remunerated.

It is the second guidance of the kind made to the group, formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, following one in December.

The latest move came after the welfare ministry received responses from the church to its inquiries in November and December amid suspicions of illegality.

"We will continue to investigate in cooperation with relevant authorities," Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters, adding that the collected information has been also provided to investigative authorities.

While issuing the directive, the ministry also told the church that the government has received complaints from adoptees involved in the practice.

The ministry also requested that the contents of books related to the church be revised to make them acceptable, including the statement that "giving up a child for adoption to a family that is not blessed with children is our beautiful tradition."

The ministry noted that such a statement does not match the spirit of the child welfare law, which states that adoption should be considered when it is difficult for the biological parents to raise the child.

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Aren't there strict laws around adoption.

Particularly a child adopted through any means that isn't legal, is not recognized as the child and it is illegal to do so.

The only channel for adoption is the official one, there should be no question, ambiguity, or murkiness about the process and who can or cannot facility it, or the parties involved.

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Korean Unification Church abuses are far and wide. That's why a complete shutdown of this cult should happen immediately in Japan!

If this disaster happened in the USA, Europe, and one of their former presidents was assassinated because of Korean Unification Church abuses of American citizens/European citizens, to the point of suicide and murder of a former ex president.

This Korean Unification Church would have been shutdown! Mass arrest made In the West!

Only in Japan Korean abuses can go unpunished or light slap on the wrist at best!

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hmm... but the religious folks might be helping the brith rate. Darn!

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If there is a law, and the law may have been broken, then the church should be taken to court.

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I doubt very much that they will comply just like any other CULT.

A Cult is NOT a Cult if it follows the rules and regulations of any nation.

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“giving up a child for adoption to a family that is not blessed with children is our beautiful tradition."

So they are brainwashing their followers into literally giving away their own children?

Man, that is even more twisted than the financial scams.

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A Cult is NOT a Cult if it follows the rules and regulations of any nation.

I don't that a fair definition. Plenty are law abiding.

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This strategy used by cults were also more brutally used by slave owners in the US. It is used to take away any relationships that could possibly be stronger than the relationship between slave and their master. This social isolation will make it easier to control or manipulate the individuals.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

This cult is still around? What ever happened to that investigation to decide if they get to keep the religion status?

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Japanese style watered down human trafficking?

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Present LDP Govt themselves is also accomplices of this issue.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

so "warning",how abt to outlaw them?

and for good?

seize all funds,money,properties,freeze their accounts,put leaders in jail for investigation?

do we need more proof that moonies and LDP crooks are same organism?

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Without Abe's murder this or any other investigation into the cult and it's political connections would not have happened.

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@Mr Kipling

That's correct !

This CULT should be shut down.

Abe's death showed the country just what a disgusting CULT this is and how politicians are in deep with them!!

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*The Japanese government on Monday issued an " administrative guidance " to the Unification Church ???*

*That'll teach um !!! Doh !!
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The Japanese government on Monday issued an administrative guidance to the Unification Church demanding it comply with the law amid allegations that it has arranged for child adoption between believers' families without authorization.

Which I am sure no one in any important position cared about until the Unification Church became a bit of an embarassment.

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ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  07:17 am JST

Only in Japan Korean abuses can go unpunished or light slap on the wrist at best!

Take it up with your local LDP Diet member.

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The laws of the land apply only to certain people, and clearly it doesn't apply to these people.

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ReasonandWisdomNippon: The writer's wrath is primarily aimed at Korea and not the so-called Unification Church, which he or she incorrectly and prejudicially calls "The Korean Unification Church." That isn't its correct name. Also, the Unification Church is now an international organization. There are a signifiant number of Japanese who have been involved in in the Unification Church and used it to gain wealth and power.

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I have no doubt at all they gave the church a very stern look... before asking them to not stop donating to their campaigns.

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A Cult is NOT a Cult if it follows the rules and regulations of any nation.

Interesting theory !

However iam sceptical that can be applied to places like the Vatican/holy see.

Although the Vatican is a nation it isn't part of the United Nations.

I would definitely say the Roman catholic church is a Cult.

And then there's Cults that aren't religious at all.

Furthermore to call it a cult that's not a cult is rather mind boggling

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This Korean Unification Church would have been shutdown! Mass arrest made In the West!

Only in Japan Korean abuses can go unpunished or light slap on the wrist at best!

I don't believe that's correct.

There's also corruption in the west.

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