Unification Church’s ties to Japanese lawmakers emerge as major political issue

The Unification Church’s ties to Japanese lawmakers have become a major political issue ahead of a special session of parliament in the fall, following the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the parties of opposition seeking to probe these links, including within their own ranks.

Abe’s alleged attacker said he resented the religious group because his mother’s large donations to him had ruined his family, and he believed Abe was connected to the group, according to investigative sources .

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