It is clearly marked ‘Taro Aso’ in this pamphlet. It is proof that Vice President Taro Aso is representing Japan and endorsing our activities.”
With these words, a Korean leader of the former Unification Church (now the Family Association for World Peace and Unification) handed me a pamphlet of the UPF (United for Peace in the Universe). The UPF is an organization affiliated with the former Unification Church, founded in 2005 by the late Moon Sun Myung Moon and his wife, President Han Hak Kucha. The organization has been in the news since former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a video message to the organization. Its activities are funded in part by donations from the former Unification Church, in other words, by its followers.
The Korean official is a pamphleteer with a large pamphlet on the cover that reads, “Think Tank 2022. Tank 2022” on the cover of the pamphlet.
Japanese people should know that not only former Prime Minister Abe but also Japan’s number two, Mr. Aso, understands our activities.
Amid the controversy surrounding the relationship between LDP lawmakers and the former Unification Church, the LDP announced on September 8 the results of an inspection of all party members regarding their relationships with the former Unification Church and related organizations.
Aso’s name was not mentioned in the LDP inspection. In a recent survey conducted by Kyodo News, Mr. Aso’s answer was ‘no response.
However, the LDP’s response was “no response” in a recent survey conducted by Kyodo News. However, this time, the magazine discovered that Mr. Aso’s name appears on a UPF pamphlet, raising suspicions that he is deeply involved in the organization’s activities.
The UPF has launched a group called “Think Tank 2022” last year. According to the UPF website, the group is “a global network of more than 200 experts in a wide range of fields, including politics, economics, academia, religion, media, arts and culture. According to the UPF website, the group is “a global, multi-sectoral, international network of more than 200 experts in a wide range of fields, including politics, economics, academia, religion, media, arts and culture.
The organization was created by a group of experts from various countries, led by President Han Hak-ja, to pursue lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the world. The organization is made up of several groups, and Aso’s name is listed as the only Japanese member of one group, the International Summit Coalition for World Peace (ISCP).
According to the UPF-Japan office, the pamphlet is “not edited or published by UPF-Japan. Japan was not involved in the editing or publication of the pamphlet and has no knowledge of its contents,” according to the secretary general.
When we asked Aso’s office about the facts, they replied, “We are not aware of the organization or the pamphlet. When asked if he would protest or request the removal of the pamphlet, he simply replied, “I would like to see it removed.
Will Aso ever explain his involvement with the former Unification Church?
From the October 14, 2022 issue of “FRIDAY.”
Interview and text by Hironori Jinno (nonfiction)： Hironori Jinno (nonfiction writer) Photo: Jiji Press (Mr. Aso)： Jiji Press (Mr. Aso)