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Do you think it is possible to remove the Unification Church's influence from Japanese political parties?

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Given that the Moonies are a recognized cult elsewhere in the world, it should be easy for Japan to legislate to make it illegal for it's elected politicians to be members of cults, or to have to declare their membership of cults when standing for election. Indeed, in a democracy politicians should have to declare their membership of all cults, religions, unions, business organizations, charities, and any other paid employment. Otherwise how does the voter know who their politicians are really working for?

15 ( +18 / -3 )

Too much “religious” money goes into politics … hence, no!

2 ( +12 / -10 )

The LDP needs to amend their constitution on donations.

16 ( +18 / -2 )

If the Unification Church is legally defined as an illegal organization it should be easy to remove its political influence and and the influence of its backers. Getting to that point is the hard part.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

I said "no", because I cannot vote, although I would help vote out the people in this cult if I could. The voters don't seem to care one way or the other, except to complain, and then hand power back to the people who take the donations to begin with. The LDP COULD of course, get rid of the Unification Church, but it's easy money for them. So, they'll just review things and keep taking the money. So, "no".

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

Is it possible? Yes.

Is it likely to happen? Not in the near future.

Kasumigaseki and Nagatachō are swamps long overdue for draining.

0 ( +11 / -11 )

Given that the Moonies are a recognized cult elsewhere in the world, it should be easy for Japan to legislate to make it illegal for it's elected politicians to be members of cults, or to have to declare their membership of cults when standing for election. Indeed, in a democracy politicians should have to declare their membership of all cults, religions, unions, business organizations, charities, and any other paid employment. Otherwise how does the voter know who their politicians are really working for?

And naturalization record if any too

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

What's a naturalization record?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

moonies have to be outlawed as dangerous life threating cult.illegal.banned.leaders arrested,investigated.property confiscated.

question their influence on politicians is pointless.they have to be erased.act now,save more lives,money,future for many their blinded followers.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

People voted Yes hoping it will happen.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

The Moonies are a symptom, the problem is the LDP.

Caught red-handed is the LDP only offering vague "promises" to do even vaguer "things" about it in some equally "vague" time in the future. Besides that, Kono is going to chair some "committee" about it. Long story short: they are playing the clock. There are years until the next big election and so much time for the voters to forget about that Moonies by then.

The LDP (and the Moonies) are only sorry about one single thing: that they got busted! Now, they will just try to be more "discreet" about their dealings and keep their greedy and sticky little fingers crossed that nothing else blows up by then.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

I have no doubt that they quickly draw some conclusions or learned something from that rather drastic lesson. Influence of religions , churches or sects is in the very most cases of absolutely no good for politics, their representatives, parties, governments and their decisions. Not anywhere else and also not in Japan.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Yes it's possible, ban the so called church from Japan, and fire anyone in the government with ties to them, they are a cult not a church and definitely should never, ever have anymore power

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Unlikely but where there's a will there's a way.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Get rid of the old clones and you can get rid of the churches influence!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Interesting all these clowns are members of a Korean "church "

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

voted no because despite having a separation between the church and state, religious institutions will still have influence over society that the government will want to cash in on.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I don't think so. Once one have a strong ties with something or someone, it is easy to imagine removing it is difficult. Since such connection tend to depend on financial aspect or other influence, disconnection will cause negative effect each other.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Once a church is established primarily as a business it is fair game. Over thirty years ago a cult, which claimed NOT to be UC when asked, infested San Francisco International Airport. It claimed First Amendment rights and also claimed it was not a business. These creeps aggressively solicited money, pulling bait and switch tactics among other things. A year later they were confined to an obscure table and apparently were not openly soliciting. They appeared to be nervous if anyone approached them. A year after that they were gone. The moral of this story is that once if is proved that a so-called religious organization is established as a business it should lose its religious rights and privileges.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Legally exerting influence over politicians is part of the democratic process. Vote them out if we don't like them. That's the most effective remedy.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

My inner Rihanna singing like "don't tell me you're sorry cause you're not~ I know you're only sorry you got caught~"

They decided not to investigate further about this matter yesterday. so I voted "no". LDP is not going to change, because they don't care about citizens. They only care about big votes (=UC).

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Nope, make it illegal first in US. That's quite impossible. $$$

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Im not sure its possible to make the unification church illegal, unless they are engaging in illegal activity. However, there should be stronger disclosure laws including cash donations or other services provided where politicians and political groups keep a record of all these donations in a public manner.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Money, money, money! It makes the world go around!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

"Do you think it is possible to remove the Unification Church's influence from Japanese political parties?"

Alternatively, is it possible to remove Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism and, even, now, Islam from American politics? Sadly, Humans, even politicians, are highly susceptible to these cults and politicians even more highly susceptible to their money and organizing abilities of the mindless so, as long as 'political parties' are composed of Humans, we will have the influence of these cults in 'political parties' which, themselves, are cults.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

no.

very little in Japan changes, that's why

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

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