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At least 5 members of Kishida's new cabinet had links with Unification Church

Why reshuffle when still have tie with that Church?

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When asked at a press conference Wednesday if he would sever all ties with the group, Hagiuda said, "for our part, we will continue to make a clear distinction (between the party and church)."

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There is something addictively appealing to Japanese politicos about an organization that bilks thousands of Japanese out of their hard earned cash-what could it be?

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Akihiro Nishimura, the new environment minister, also said he had not been aware the church was involved in an event he had previously attended, thinking it was a "conservative forum."

Conservative forums have been known for giving helpful advice for protecting the environment in the world of crony LDP interests.

Tomihiro Tanaka, head of the church's Japan branch, said at a press conference Wednesday that he would find it "extremely regrettable if involvement with our organization was the criteria" for the cabinet reshuffling.

What the church would really regret would be if some lawmaker grew a spine and yanked the church's tax exemption and seized a great deal of their fraudulently procured assets.

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"I have only appointed (to the cabinet) those who have agreed to examine their ties (to the church) and impartially review it based on the findings," Kishida said at a press conference.

They all probably came running back to him, once they heard they were selected for the cabinet, kissed his hand and vowed that they "impartially" reviewed their ties to the church.

All while keeping their fingers crossed behind their backs.

All along I thought it was the PM's job to vet people for his cabinet. Guess it doesnt matter one way or another!

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Kenta Izumi, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, criticized the reshuffling, calling the new cabinet lineup a "cover-up" for the Unification Church controversy.

"Despite (the LDP) saying it would conduct an impartial review, they have not clarified the links between many lawmakers and the church, which does not inspire public trust," Izumi said.

"Main opposition", be really nice for once if you and the other "opposition" could get your acts together and actually do something about it.

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"Keep 'Korea' out of Japan."

And likewise I'd imagine.

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And the corruption continues.

They cant run the LDP without the unification church.

The LDP must be abolished

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Copy / paste.

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I guess what this cabinet shuffle tells us is that Kishii, Abe's brother, and Hagiuda were in so far, that Kishida had no choice. The other new cabinet ministers either were more careful or their level of involvement was not enough in Kishida's eyes to warrant being left out. So the people we are stuck with are the lesser of two evils!

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I have only appointed (to the cabinet) those who have agreed to examine their ties (to the church) and impartially review it based on the findings

The bar for accountability is underground.

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"We do not recognize that the Unification Church's policies have inappropriately influenced those of the LDP's," he added.

Oh, but they do. I think erasing religious ties to political figures will be difficult if not impossible. If there's an issue that I'd like for the media to dig up, it's this.

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According to the article, a total 8 cabinet members have had connections with the Unification Church one way or the other. So, what's the meaning of this reshuffling of the Kishida administration?

Much ado about nothing?

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At least these cultists have now been named and shamed. The public can vote accordingly if they see this dangerous cult as a threat to politics and the good of the nation.

Next up - hopefully media and internet will name teachers, doctors, businessmen, public servants, celebrities etc who are also members of this dangerous cult. Public have a right to know.

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Fighto

Obviously naming and shaming has done diddly squat.

The LDP knows no shame.

They don't care.

They bamboozled the public into believing the problems bin dealt with and then move ahead with their hidden agenda.

The unification church is still in control of the government

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Pointless, I am now under the impression that May be Mr. Kishida himself also has ties to the UC.

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Working hard for the Japanese people. Good job LDP.

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One woman in Kishida's cabinet.

You know, I've never thought of any japanese pm as being the sole leader of japan because we all know that all the decision making is done by consensus.

In saying that, humans do have their own personality and in saying that most if not all japanese pms have boring personalities but in saying that, I would much rather have pm Abe over kishida. There's something not quite right about this guy. He reminds me of the old hard core political extreme right faction of japan but he's trying to appear as though he is a moderate.

At least Abe had a few women in his govt and tried to mingle among the international crowd. Kishida seems to fumble about on both those topics.

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“The emperor’s new clothes” come to mind:

‘Two swindlers arrive at the capital city of an emperor who spends lavishly on clothing at the expense of state matters. Posing as weavers, they offer to supply him with magnificent clothes that are invisible to those who are stupid or incompetent. The emperor hires them, and they set up looms and go to work. A succession of officials, and then the emperor himself, visit them to check their progress. Each sees that the looms are empty but pretends otherwise to avoid being thought a fool. 

Finally, the weavers report that the emperor's suit is finished. They mime dressing him and he sets off in a procession before the whole city. The townsfolk uncomfortably go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear inept or stupid, until a child blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all. The people then realize that everyone has been fooled. Although startled, the emperor continues the procession, walking more proudly than ever.

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Just shows how politicians have zero shame and are happy to "review" their ties but NOT actually cut them! Never get rid of rock oysters like Aso from the party! Hopefully the Japanese people and the media keep hounding them until they actually do something concrete to stop Japan from being controlled by the Moonies!

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Rather than who and how many in the party had ties to, LDP should pass the law asap to kick this Korean evil cult out of country. Follow the example how Singapore has done that by passing new bill to protect citizen against freedom of religion BS.

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The controversy over the church, now formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, began after Abe's killer told investigators that his mother's donations to the religious group had ruined their family's fortunes and he held a grudge against it.

Murder, political or otherwise, might be inexcusable, but it certainly created resonance and diverted attention to what seems to be a pressing problem.

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When asked at a press conference Wednesday if he would sever all ties with the group, Hagiuda said, "for our part, we will continue to make a clear distinction (between the party and church)."

Sounds like a resounding "No!".

Among new cabinet members appointed Wednesday, Minoru Terada, a special adviser to Kishida named the new minister of internal affairs, said he paid 20,000 yen in October 2018 to attend an event organized by a group affiliated with the church, although he was not aware of it at the time.

So, the "I didn't know what I was doing"-routine, then?

Akihiro Nishimura, the new environment minister, also said he had not been aware the church was involved in an event he had previously attended, thinking it was a "conservative forum."

Still beats "I was drunk", "I don't remember" or the (above) "I didn't know what I was doing"...The bar is being raised! (#sarcasm)

Naoki Okada, appointed regional revitalization minister in his first cabinet posting, said that a local secretary had attended an event of a group related to the church, while Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said that a local secretary of his deputy Seiji Kihara had done the same.

Well, knowing that the Moonies provide staff and support to politicians, are we really talking about (paid) "secretaries"? Also, "secretaries" acting on their own? This sounds more like the "I wasn't aware my secretary did it!"-routine than anything else.

Meanwhile, Katsunobu Kato, who returned to his former post as health minister, and Daishiro Yamagiwa, who retained his post as economic revitalization minister, both admitted to having previously paid "membership fees" to organizations affiliated with the church.

Would love to know more what these "organizations" were and what their official "purposes" were, in addition with (of course) the amounts involved.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who retained his post, apologized for accepting an interview in 2012 with Sekai Nippo, a publication known to have close ties to the Unification Church, but said that he had not received donations or election support from the group.

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LDP policy chief Sanae Takaichi, named minister for economic security, said she was featured in a monthly magazine released by a publisher affiliated with the church in 2001.

Sounds like these guys who would do an interview with Akahata not realizing that it was "linked to the Japan Communist Party"? (Would be a fun prank to do! We're Shimbun Akahata, a newspaper published in Akasaka and would like to do an interview with you.)

Tomihiro Tanaka, head of the church's Japan branch, said at a press conference Wednesday that he would find it "extremely regrettable if involvement with our organization was the criteria" for the cabinet reshuffling.

The LDP: our brand is getting tainted by associating with the Moonies.

The Moonies: our brand is getting tainted by associating with the LDP.

The J-public is definitely not savvy when it comes to political hanky-panky, but hinting that they are that dim is frankly insulting.

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Not surprising, and the Sami probably holds true anywhere else. Dig deep enough, and you’ll find dirt.

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"We do not recognize that the Unification Church's policies have inappropriately influenced those of the LDP's," he added.

Now lets look at the links between Nippon Kaigi and The Unification Church

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Rotten to the core

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At least 5 members of Kishida's new cabinet had links with Unification Church

a surprise to NO ONE.

why do we keep hearing things that are blatantly obvious to anyone with a functioning brain?

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Of course they did. Hopefully this might be the start of some kind of change in politics, here.

Out with the cronyism, and same old faces, and in with a younger, fresher more progressive set of politicians to represent the country.

I think it's due time.

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The biggest donors to the LDP are the big business, like the power companies who gave billions to have their nuclear power plants.

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kennyG

Today 09:57 am JST

Rather than who and how many in the party had ties to, LDP should pass the law asap to kick this Korean evil cult out of country.

Maybe they should. But they won't. They can't.

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Please also investigate the links between Komeito and Soka Gakkai.

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@kennyG What law has Singapore passed? As far as I know even semi fascist Singapore's constitution guarantees freedom of religion.

These LDP politicians in bed with the Unification Church (including Abe) are 売国奴 (ばいこくど)

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fxgai

Please also investigate the links between Komeito and Soka Gakkai.

What is there to investigate?

The Komeito was formed by the Soka Gakkai but since the 1970s became a separate independent organization. The Soka Gakkai members mostly but not entirely vote for the Komeito in elections but nonmembers also vote.

The constitutions of the Komeito and Soka Gakkai are available online and in English.

I have voted for the New Komeito Party in every election since it was formed in 1998 and previously when it was the Komeito.

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The UC is the "Won"-der-working religion for the vote-hungry, faux-nationalist grifters of the LDP lusting after Moonie money.

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mountainpearToday  01:53 pm JST

@kennyG What law has Singapore passed? As far as I know even semi fascist Singapore's constitution guarantees freedom of religion.

Google is your friend. You find lots of info.

https://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/data/pdfdoc/803-1982-04-02.pdf

https://www.state.gov/reports/2016-report-on-international-religious-freedom/singapore/#:~:text=The%20government%20banned%20the%20Unification,home%20affairs%20or%20by%20parliament.

The government banned the Unification Church in 1982 on grounds it was a “cult” that could have detrimental effects on society. The Presidential Council for Religious Harmony reports on matters affecting the maintenance of religious harmony and considers cases referred by the minister for home affairs or by parliament.

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I really hope their boat sinks deeply. They have no right to run the country under these circumstances. The more info that’s dug up, the quicker these warts can be wiped out of office

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@kennyG

Follow the example how Singapore has done that by passing new bill to protect citizen against freedom of religion BS.

You said a NEW bill. The bill that was passed on the Moonies dates back to 1982! You made it sound like a new bill was passed that restricts religious freedom.

Google is your friend. You find lots of info.

Did look on Google and nothing came up because there is no NEW bill restricting freedom of religion in Singapore!!!

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The takeaway is YES you can discriminate against a religion.

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Fighto!Today  08:05 am JST

Next up - hopefully media and internet will name teachers, doctors, businessmen, public servants, celebrities etc who are also members of this dangerous cult. Public have a right to know.

In many countries that's exactly what would and should happen but it's not going to happen here.

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The Unification Church owns the Japanese LDP, you can't get rid of them!

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The Unification Church is a criminal organization with money scaming/blackmailing and sex scandals,she has no place in any lawful country. The U.C. existence was due to their anti communist doctrine and bribery to politicians.

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Key words: at least

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LDP - The Moonie Party.

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@mountainpear'

Today  02:57 pm JSTPosted in: At least 5 members of Kishida's new cabinet had links with Unification Church  See in context

@kennyG

Follow the example how Singapore has done that by passing new bill to protect citizen against freedom of religion BS.

You said a NEW bill. The bill that was passed on the Moonies dates back to 1982! You made it sound like a new bill was passed that restricts religious freedom.

Google is your friend. You find lots of info.

Did look on Google and nothing came up because there is no NEW bill restricting freedom of religion in Singapore!!!

It seems misunderstanding. Singapore passed a new bill to prohibit UC in 1982. Though respecting freedom of religion, Singapore expelled UC . That is what I meant as you can see from the links I provided. If you notice, the head of UC in Japan keeps referring to that freedom and warning on religious oppression, which I called BS.

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The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification

For the Japanese LDP, the Unification Church was their blood brothers, they shared the wealth acquired through money scaming/blackmailing and sex scandals ! "Moon SunMyung" was accused of mass sexual assaults of female worshippers, he was a criminal!

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It's all good. They have no doubt vowed to thoroughly review their ties, Surely that is enough. And next time they send for donations, they'll check the box that asks them to list it as "health and beauty products".

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Jazzyjazz 09:28am - Working hard for the Japanese people. Good job LDP."

Hahaha......hillarious.

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Unlike the U.S., ministers in the government are appointed at the whim of the prime minister, who appoints candidates on the basis of his personal favorite and assessment, carefully balancing LDP factions' ratio. No scrutiny or grilling of candidates by a Dietary session. This time, the prime minister asked each candidate if he or she had any connections with the Unification Church, to which all the candidates seem to have answered none at all.

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