Japan: Mass Marriages, Human “Purification”… Moon Sect at the Heart of Shinzo Abe’s Murder

The alleged killer of Shinzo Abe said he wanted revenge against the Unification Church, also known as the Moon Sect, with which the former Japanese prime minister is believed to have been close.

case shakes Japan. After the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, July 8, during a speech, the dossier of the killer, Tetsuya Yamagami, becomes more apparent, at the center of the drama, a conservative sect as Controversial.

This is how the alleged killer said he wanted to attack the Unification Church, also called the Moon Sect, which he considered to have destroyed his mother. Convinced that the former head of state was a member of a religious sect, he wanted to avenge his actions against the religious organization. This Monday, July 11, the same sect. He confirmed that the suspect’s mother was religious.

“The suspect’s mother, Tetsuya Yamagami, is a member of our organization and participates in church events about once a month,” the head of the Japanese branch of the the church From uniteTomihiro Tanaka.

She would have joined the organization in 1998, then in great financial difficulty around 2002, the suspect’s mother had bankrupted the entire family by donating all of her savings to the movement.

conservative but controversial

Founded in 1954 in South Korea by Sun Myung Moon, The Unification Church is mainly present in this country, in the United States and Japan. Close to the Bible by adding new interpretations, this cult is especially famous for mass group marriages.

Quickly and in the middle of the Cold War, Moon became a billionaire thanks to his sect and built a vast economic empire through the religious group that would bear his name by assimilation. Then the latter claims that he had a vision of Christ at the age of fifteen, ordering him to continue his mission, until humanity reaches a stage purityRTL details, a world shunned from all of its “sins”.

Moon then established several organizations and institutions in the fields of media, arts, education and even health.

The sect now has hundreds of thousands of followers, a number that rises to 3 million according to the sect’s claims.

What is Shinzo Abe’s relationship?

no one. Even the sect’s spokesperson claims that Shinzo Abe has “never” been a member of the organization from near or far. But in Japan, some journalists assert that Moon Mall is largely a newspaper The Liberal Democratic Party from which Shinzo Abe cameThe largest right-wing political party. Thus, the Mun sect has always asserted itself as anti-communist, too right-wing, and too close to nationalist issues.

Early in 2019, the Japan Bar Association criticized Shinzo Abe for his supposed connections to the cult. “The Unification Church is not a religious organization, as explained by the National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Trade, a Japanese NGO. It has always had antisocial behavior and we call on politicians not to join its activities,” La Croix newspaper reported.

Lots of elements that could have led Tetsuya Yamagami to his assassination on Friday, July 8.

In France, for example, in the 1980s it approached the National Front to finally stop all funding from Jean-Marie Le Pen after his observations about gas chambers, as Le Monde recalled in 2012.

The ruling coalition remains in the majority in the Senate

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is on track to retain a majority in the Senate with its coalition partner after Sunday’s poll, the official NHK broadcaster reported.

This result was widely expected for the elections held two days after the murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a prominent member of the Liberal Democratic Party, which caused a sensation in the archipelago.

The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito are expected to win between 69 and 83 of the 125 contested seats in Sunday’s ballot, according to opinion polls by NHK. Final results are not expected until Monday.

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