Japan opens an investigation against the "Unification Church" after the assassination of Shinzo Abe

22 November, 2022
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Japan opens an investigation against the "Unification Church" after the assassination of Shinzo Abe

The Japanese government announced today, Tuesday, the opening of an investigation against the controversial religious organization, the Unification Church, over the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last July, amid escalating talk about its close ties to the ruling party led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.


The church will be required to provide answers about its funding sources and activities on December 9. Depending on the results of the investigation, her legal status may be revoked.


"Once the government investigation is concluded, it will be up to the court to decide whether to revoke the church's legal status, and with it the tax exemptions enjoyed by registered religious organizations in Japan," the Nikkei Asia newspaper said.


Widespread links emerged between the church and lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 67, was shot and killed on July 8, when he was giving a speech at an election event in the western city of Nara.


The murderer, Tetsuya Yamagami, claimed that the organization "ruined his life" after his mother transferred huge donations to it, bankrupting the family.


The police said at the time that the shooter admitted that he had a grudge against an organization believed to be associated with Shinzo Abe, later acknowledging that there were security holes in the procedures to protect Abe.


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