Japan’s Moon Sect: Dissolution Controversy Explained

Japanese authorities announced on October 12 their desire to ban the Unification Church, known as the Moon sect, following an investigation into this religious group, the subject of increased attention since the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July 2022.

Haro on the Unification Church. The Japanese government announced this Thursday, October 12, to ask the courts for the dissolution of this religious organization, known as the Moon sect following an investigation according to AFP. The latter is at the heart of the motives of the assassin of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

The man charged with the murder of the former chief executive, Tetsuya Yamagami, was angry with the sect to which his mother allegedly made very large donations, leading their family to ruin. The suspect also believed that the former prime minister was close to the religious organization.

Links with the former National Front

Also called the Unification Church and, more recently, the Universal Peace Federation, this religious organization was founded in 1954 in South Korea by Sun Myung Moon. The latter, who died in 2012, was born in what is now North Korea.

At the age of 15, he claims to have had a vision of Jesus Christ asking him to continue his mission on earth: a world banished from its sins, a pure humanity. He defines himself as a new Messiah and becomes a billionaire thanks to the economic empire resulting from the cult. His Church is also tinged with politics because he opposed communism during the Cold War.

In the 1980s, the Moon sect also had links with certain far-right political parties in Europe, such as the National Front in France, noted the JDD. The Church is best known for its mass weddings, based on new interpretations of the Bible. In 2012, it claimed nearly 3 million followers worldwide, which could be exaggerated according to experts. In Japan, it has several tens of thousands of followers.

This article is originally published on parismatch.com

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