Before the national funeral of Shinzo Abe in Japan, the word was given to cults

Since the July 8 assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was targeted for his proximity to the lunar cult, and whose state funeral is scheduled for Tuesday 27 September, tongues have been softened. Discoveries abound about the acquaintances of elected officials with the “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification”, better known as the Moon Sect. His victims, stripped of their savings, hear more. In early September, the government set up a telephone counseling service for them, which within five days received 1,000 calls.

During a press conference for the National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Trade – the Cult Victims Defense Lawyers Association – a woman in her forties, who was pressured by her mother to join the Moon cult, said: Shinzo Abe’s murder is doomed, but I can understand the hatred the sect stirs up in some, because it destroys lives. »

“I joined the sect when I was 19 years old, He told another former follower, the Lawyers Network broadcast his anonymous testimony. You have worked hard and made great donations. Even if I leave it, I will never get my money back and I won’t waste time. I feel empty. I want to disappear. »

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Tetsuya Yamagami, the former prime minister’s killer, acted out of revenge against the sect to which his widowed mother donated 100 million yen (720,000 euros), destroying his family. He himself could not go to university because of the family’s bankruptcy. According to the Lawyers Network, over the past ten years, nearly 2,000 people living in Japan have submitted complaints to purchase exorbitantly priced cult objects with a total estimated value of 83 million euros.

lax state

The assassination of Shinzo Abe reveals the underside of a society that is seemingly calm but tormented by disturbing phenomena. In particular, the conservative camp’s complacency towards the “new religions”, to capture the voices of their followers, and encourage the state’s laxity towards the sectarian transgressions of some of them. The term “new religions” was what it was used in Japan (sHinchukyu) refers to movements founded since the end of 19e Century differs from traditional religions (Buddhism, Shintoism, Christianity).

Mister Abe wasn’t the only one with connections to the Moon Sect, but he was the most prominent. Also, the organization of a national funeral in his honor, by a decision of the incumbent Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, and the Council of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), aroused great discontent in public opinion: 60% of Japanese were against it. According to Jiji Press and the newspaper Mainichi ShinbonMr. Kishida’s popularity is close to 30% in opinion, a level considered an alert rating. Other surveys are less worrisome but confirm their declining reputation, which is also linked to higher prices.

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