The relationship between politicians and the former Unification Church has been making the headlines day after day. The relationship between politicians and the former Unification Church has been making headlines on the news.
It seems that the followers of religious organizations are not only enthusiastic workers, but are also highly appreciated by politicians who want their votes to be counted on.
The Unification Church has the backing of many politicians, and there can be no more reassuring ally than the Unification Church. Due in part to the deterioration of their image, they applied to the Cultural Affairs Agency, which has jurisdiction over the organization, to change their name, but this was not approved for many years.
However, in 2003, when Hirofumi Shimomura, who had received a donation from the World Daily, which is said to have close ties with the Unification Church, and was selected to appear on the cover of a monthly magazine published by a related organization, was minister of education, the name was changed to “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. Although Shimomura claims that he was “not involved in any way,” it is hard to believe that a government official would break with long-standing precedent and allow the name change of a religious organization that had been the subject of controversy for its “psychic sales tactics. It is hard to believe at first hand,” said a reporter for a national newspaper.
When Mr. Toru Miyamoto, a member of the Communist Party, requested the Agency for Cultural Affairs to disclose the documents from that time, he found that the “reason for the rule change” was blacked out in the documents provided. If it is permissible to black out the “reason” when one wants to know the “reason,” then one can do whatever one wants.
In 2009, at the first general meeting of the Japan-United Parliamentarians for World Peace held in the House of Representatives building, there was a man named Masayoshi Kajiguri, chairman of the International Union for Victory and Co-operation, a political organization related to the former Unification Church, and also the head of a group affiliated with the church. Next to him, 20 lawmakers, including Hosoda, the speaker of the House of Representatives, were smiling and posing for pictures. Most of them are said to be members of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Furthermore, Mr. Hosoda also gave a speech at an event of a related organization in ’19.
I would like to report to Prime Minister Abe on the details of today’s successful meeting as soon as possible. I would like to report immediately to Prime Minister Abe on the success of this meeting.
He even clearly mentions the name of the head of the organization.
When asked by the media for an explanation, Hosoda replied
I will refrain from giving you any answers.
Hosoda responded, “I will refrain from giving any answers.”
The Unification Church is a hot topic on TV every day. For a politician, it must be painful to have footage of past parties and speeches by affiliated groups dredged up. But there is a reason why TV stations never stop talking about the Unification Church.
The Unification Church stories get excellent ratings. When the Unification Church story is over, the ratings drop dramatically. That is probably why each station is going to the limit with their Unification Church specials.
Looking at it another way, the Unification Church, politicians, and TV stations may have a “win-win” relationship.