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If not this cult, it will be the Japan cult anyway by default.

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A majority of Japanese universities bolstered measures against cults recruiting on campus after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's fatal shooting a year ago added to concerns that students could be easy targets, a Kyodo News survey shows.

Shouldn't it be the government's job to ensure that these well-funded, tax-exempt groups are not allowed to prey on the vulnerable?

Considering how chummy the leading lowlights of the LDP are with these groups it is no surprise they are lax in their duties.

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Maybe if they focused on education more that clubs, the cults would have less sway?

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It's the politicians, not the students who need to be monitored for the influence of "cults" (and their money).

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What about cult members of the Japanese government belong too such as Nippon Kaiga

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Why campus, is more politician that keep those alive.

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/opinion/article/2022/07/27/in-japan-the-moon-sect-s-ties-to-the-right-wing-of-shinzo-abe-s-liberal-democratic-party-are-a-taboo-topic_5991570_23.html

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2022/09/12/commentary/japan-commentary/unification-church-politics/

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A good first step but seems very limited according to the article, the problem has been identified so it would be justified to act more strongly, at least so universities understand clearly how much risk is there for their students, not to mention that board announcements and flyers are not exactly the most effective measures against cult recruiting.

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They would have to first define what a cult is and does it interfere with the constitutional right of religious freedom.

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The Moonies are a cult and it was revealed that more than half this current govt is somehow involved with them.

I think the anti-cult emphasis is in the wrong place here.

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Just ban ALL religious activity from University campuses.

The definition of a cult is " The church down the road that YOU do not attend."

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Just ban ALL religious activity from University campuses.

What if it's a Christian or Buddhist university? There are many here.

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That means 90% of Japanese universities have to close down?

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The Moonies are a cult and it was revealed that more than half this current govt is somehow involved with them.

you forgot the second party Komeito, which prides itself on being a cult.

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MAmori-ke! Gomen!

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We could use this in NZ universities. It would just mean cutting all those 'identity and grievance studies' courses.

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If increases in education levels and advancements in science have been gradually lowering religious numbers... Why are universities in the spotlight here?

Anyone who is already enrolled in a higher level of education should be deemed responsible enough to make their own decisions using common sense, no?

It's the poor and vulnerable we need to worry about. They actually have a reason to succumb to false hope.

AND, if it really is a problem at universities in Japan, then it goes to show how awful Japanese universities really are. Education statistics are very doctored here.

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Except for universities owned by cults like happy science!

Still waiting for the happy science cult leader to return from the dead….

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majority of Japanese universities bolstered measures against cults

Then by logic, the remaining ones are part of or supporting cults. That’s easy to understand, isn’t it?

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This is just an excuse to persecute those who have a biblical Christian worldview. They will persecute all religions so that there is only one left - the environmental religion or the worship of nature and the Holy book that AI will produce in the soon future. 2023 will be a consequential year for the whole world.

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Temy,it will be consequences for me ,when.i win the lottery this year

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They cannot prevent anyone from practicing any religion. It's protected by the Constitution.

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Of the 50 universities that gave valid responses, 28 or 56 percent said they strengthened steps to alert students of the risk of joining cults as controversy erupted after Abe was shot dead on July 8 last year.

Cults are belief systems that compel individuals to alter both their way of life and their thought patterns. While certain cults are conspicuous, others remain covert, with the latter being more dangerous since it masks itself in colorful ways.

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They didn’t even take measures against all the politicians who were found red handed with the cult that got their favorite supreme leader killed. These universities are screwed. Well better yet these cults are sitting pretty

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What is a cult?

A cult will ask you for money to help solve it's programs but expect you to pray to solve yours.

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This is just an excuse to persecute those who have a biblical Christian worldview.

An all-powerful God would not let that happen. It's not like any believers ever died from persecution with their prayers for divine assistance unanswered. Have more faith.

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a toll free number

Only for the worthy. For everyone else, standard rates apply.

Believing in something doesn't make it real.

I believe in nothing. Nothing is real.

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It has the hallmarks of a cult and it is a cult. Even the government here says it is a cult, yet many high ranking officials are members or their family members, the cult still gets tax breaks and subsidies from many politicians. Meanwhile, the university is issuing this warning on its own.

And no one questions this.

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wallaceJuly 3  08:00 am JST

They would have to first define what a cult is and does it interfere with the constitutional right of religious freedom.

That is easier said than done. At my university we had screeching fundamentalist 'Christian' hatemongers - self-appointed 'clergy' sassing off and trashing everything and everyone. There also were ads for the Moonies, Nation of Islam and other dangerous cults. There were other smaller student led sects that came and went, led by one student and all the members (sometimes less than 10 students) would live in the same house to be ;closer to God'. Examples are 'Fellowship of Christian Students', 'Fish House', 'Xenos Christian Fellowship' (nicknamed 'Xenons') and 'Potter House'.

A real religion lasts over time, cults generally don't.

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