FILE PHOTO: A person walks past the sign of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: A person walks past the sign of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, more commonly known as the Unification Church, at its Tokyo headquarters in Tokyo, Japan August 29, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo Photo: Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON
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LDP to update list of members linked to Unification Church

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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will release an updated list of members who have had connections with the controversial Unification Church, its secretary-general Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday.

Links between the church and LDP have been in focus after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was fatally shot during an election rally. The accused killer blamed him for supporting the church, which he said had bankrupted his mother. The church has declined to comment on her donations and has also said it no longer accepts donations that cause financial hardship.

The LDP this month said that 179 out of 379 members it surveyed were found to have interacted with the church. In a cabinet reshuffle last month, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida removed seven ministers who had disclosed connections to the church in an attempt to reverse a slide in his approval ratings.

However on Tuesday, Economy Minister Daishiro Yamagiwa admitted in a news conference he had attended a Unification Church-sponsored event in 2018 that he had not previously reported to the party.

Asked whether he would consider stepping down as minister, Yamagiwa said he would take responsibility by staying on as minister and carrying out the administration's economic stimulus measures.

"This is the work I need to fulfill," he added.

Amid increasing public scrutiny into the party's relationship with the church, the cabinet's approval rating has plunged to around 30% in recent polls compared with a peak of around 60% earlier this year. The low ratings are close to what political analysts see as a danger level beyond which Japanese prime ministers may find it difficult to carry out their agenda.

A survey conducted by Jiji news agency last week found nearly two-thirds of respondents disapproved of Kishida's handling of the church matter.

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so badly played by LDP. why don't they just kick the cult out of the government and move on?

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Asked whether he would consider stepping down as minister, Yamagiwa said he would take responsibility by staying on as minister and carrying out the administration's economic stimulus measures.

In other words, he is taking a page out of the LDP book of excuses....screw you people!

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Asked whether he would consider stepping down as minister, Yamagiwa said he would take responsibility by staying on as minister and carrying out the administration's economic stimulus measures.

So he will take responsibility by not getting any consequences of his actions, which are not just to have an improper relationship with the unification church but also lying about it hoping he would not get caught.

As long as he faces no consequences it becomes obvious the whole list is just a Joke and the LDP is not willing to make the members related assume any responsibility.

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so badly played by LDP. why don't they just kick the cult out of the government and move on?

The cult isnt IN the government, it's the government that is in the cult.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Let an independent watchdog body investigate it, and that's quicker and more comprehensive.

However on Tuesday, Economy Minister Daishiro Yamagiwa admitted in a news conference he had attended a Unification Church-sponsored event in 2018 that he had not previously reported to the party.

He's the first one to leave the post. Lies are piling up.

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""The low ratings are close to what political analysts see as a danger level beyond which Japanese prime ministers may find it difficult to carry out their agenda.""

Sure, does anyone really think that LDP members are going to risk loosing their paychecks and come forward, I doubt it, only when confronted they might and even then they still cling on to that salary and stay away from the spotlight.

I am hopping that the LDP will soon publish that list as they should so THE PEOPLE can decide the direction of this nation.

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We see how the Catholic church has been embedded in the UK; see how Islam is embedded in the Middle East so I see no problem with politicians in Japan being embedded with the Unification Church. Religion and politics have been mixing since the Ancient Egyptian era.

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Which LDP ministers are entangled with Unification?

*Gary Oldman from The Professional walks in.....

'EVERYONE!!'

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I can't believe that these LDP "members" are so consumed with greed, position, and power that they would sign up to some foreign entity with dubious practices and they would put it before their country's interests. If it were a Japanese organization then I could kinda understand but still protest. Certainly not the Japanese way.

If I were Japanese or indeed allowed to vote, every single one of those members would get booted. Why is this okay Japanese WHY!?

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“Update”?

Deceptive LDP mere tried to make relation with cult look small.

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Meh, I would assume they all have connections to this "church" unless proven otherwise.

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Korean Unification Church. Targeting Japanese citizens, taking advantage of women with children and old people.

North Korean Schools in Japan, Chōsen gakkō. Brainwashing Koreans to hate Japan. Teaching them anti-Japan garbage on Japanese Soil.

Pachinko Machines, taking money from hard working Japanese with gambling addiction, taking all their money. Mainly owned by Korean business and influence.

All Korean influence should be under investigation in Japan..... This is just the tip of the iceberg. Korean hands in many more areas that we need to investigate before it's too late.

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Asked whether he would consider stepping down as minister, Yamagiwa said he would take responsibility by staying on as minister and carrying out the administration's economic stimulus measures.

In other words, he is taking a page out of the LDP book of excuses....screw you people!

exactly!

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If I were Japanese or indeed allowed to vote, every single one of those members would get booted. Why is this okay Japanese WHY!?

because Japan is not a democracy

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The economy minister is a liar.

The whole government is infiltrated by the Korean Unification church.

It's a curse on Japan !

How can the Japanese people ever trust anything the LDP announces from now.

The economy is a sensitive issue and no doubt the minister will be highly scrutinized and shamed and blamed.

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Update? Why not tell the truth in the first place?

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ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  08:55 am JST

Korean Unification Church. Targeting Japanese citizens, taking advantage of women with children and old people.

Condoned by the LDP.

North Korean Schools in Japan, Chōsen gakkō. Brainwashing Koreans to hate Japan. Teaching them anti-Japan garbage on Japanese Soil.

Pachinko Machines, taking money from hard working Japanese with gambling addiction, taking all their money. Mainly owned by Korean business and influence.

All Korean influence should be under investigation in Japan..... This is just the tip of the iceberg. Korean hands in many more areas that we need to investigate before it's too late.

How ironic that the LDP have tacitly encouraged the spread of rhetoric like this when it's the LDP who should be investigated first.

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[I can't believe these LDP members so consumed with greed, position, and power that they would sign up to some foreign entity with dubious practices and they would put it before their country's interests. If it were a Japanese organization then I could kinda understand but still protest. Certainly not the Japanese way.

If I were Japanese or indeed allowed to vote, every single one of those members would get booted. Why is this okay Japanese WHY]

If you researched who controls the LDP and who ultimately made the Unification Church, you would have your answer.

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Korean Unification Church. Targeting Japanese citizens, taking advantage of women with children and old people.

Condoned by the LDP.

Right you are Simon!

this whole situation has thrown egg not only in the faces of the LDP, but also the right wing in general. They can no longer be seen to be protecting Japan's interest when the right wing political representatives, the LDP, are in bed with a S Korean church that also has ties not only SK but also the North.

Its especially significant when one of the main accusations leveled at the Communist Party is that they had ties to outside governments, but here we have the Church with ties also to communist regimes.

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And the list starts with Abe and Kishida...

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Asked whether he would consider stepping down as minister, Yamagiwa said he would take responsibility by staying on as minister and carrying out the administration's economic stimulus measures."This is the work I need to fulfill," he added."

The new LDP way of taking responsibility for the "New Capitalism era "...Im staying where I am and doing exactly as I was. Yoroshiku minions , dont forget to to re-elect me next time.

Btw, this sudden need to "update" the list is due to the ever emerging reports of more and deeper rotten links between LDP and this cult. Cue this report from Mainichi yesterday - " caucus meeting of ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers and figures affiliated with the Unification Church was held in Japan's National Diet in June this year," https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220920/p2a/00m/0na/015000c

Somehow till now LDP forgot" to mention this meeting despite it only being held in June, prior to the election.Central figure was no less than H. Hosoda, LDP,s Speaker of the House and past leader of the faction that Abe took over. This is the same guy who complained about being paid too little for his work as a speaker & wanted a pay rise just a few months ago. Another poster boy for LDP,s entitled, corrupt old boys. And then there is Mori....

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BREAKING: I have obtained an “updated” copy. It reads as follows:

All of them.

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Well, obviously it'll be a list we can trust since it's an internal investigation and all.

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Personally I don’t like that overdoing in this case. We have surely other problems than this sect from Korea and politicians holding a speech at their meetings when invited. It’s quite a media hype and of course the opposition also uses it while lacking other or own political solutions. Just imagine you are an active politician and someone with unity , world peace and all such phrases on the flag asks you to say some greeting words. Can you assure to deny it always or often enough, even if you know that it’s a religious sect? You get under fire too and it’s said you don’t like United people, a peaceful world and such if you don’t go there. And if you say a few words, then you draw flak because you are having so-called connection with the sect, but in reality you haven’t of course, because you’re Shinto or Buddhism member here in Japan, but only want to calm down that loud sect a bit and show naive commitment for world peace and such. In this sense, we should see that problem a bit more pragmatic and of course consider it very much overestimated and hyped for other reasons.

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LDP to update list of members

that’s kinda like a drunk on keeping tabs on his hotel honor bar…….

what’s the point? It’ll just be a fabricated joke anyway.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

worthless move.

ban moonies now.freeze their funds bank accounts,take them offline and out of their "business"-why waiting and what for LDP is waiting?

until will get approvel under 10% of voters?

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I doubt the LDP will take any serious action against the UC.

Doing so would mean they'd eventually have to do something about the Soka Gakkai as well.

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LDP to update list of members

that’s kinda like a drunk on keeping tabs on his hotel honor bar…….

HAHAAHA! Brilliant!

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Yeh…We are going to update you but do nothing about it as usual…hurry up and forget about it too…as usual!

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It’s the same as the Yakuza . Everyone knows they are involved in the government but the LDP makes it as vague as possible to move on members while looking like they are doing something.

Police have a database of all the members, where they live and are headquartered but won’t move on them. Making arbitrary laws like “members have to admit to being in a gang if they want to sign up for a bank account” or “can only be arrested if there are 5+ members together at a time”

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Sven AsaiToday  01:04 pm JST

Personally I don’t like that overdoing in this case. We have surely other problems than this sect from Korea and politicians holding a speech at their meetings when invited. It’s quite a media hype and of course the opposition also uses it while lacking other or own political solutions. Just imagine you are an active politician and someone with unity , world peace and all such phrases on the flag asks you to say some greeting words. Can you assure to deny it always or often enough, even if you know that it’s a religious sect?

I think that's completely missing the point. People are annoyed because this particular religious sect has been strongarming gullible members into shelling out millions of yen for worthless junk. It's been obvious for many years to anyone who looked into this group that it's a blatant con, and politicians who were connected to them in any way certainly should have looked into them. The only conclusion to be drawn is that they decided to accept the donations and the church members who voted for them or volunteered to help with election campaigns, and decided to turn a blind eye.

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As I've written before the free press index of Japan is very low so hard hitting reports on the LDP would not get printed bc the press and media are heavily influenced by the LDP. of course the Abe assassination is too big to put a lid on it.

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I'm surprised that none of the downvoters have anything to say for themselves. The fact that they can't or won't reads like they are tacitly admitting all the criticism of the LDP is justified.

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A shorter list list would be LDP members with no affiliation, or at least very securely hidden.

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@Lagrande

If you researched who controls the LDP and who ultimately made the Unification Church, you would have your answer.

I know who controls the LDP. I simply said I couldn't believe it.

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