The alleged killer of Shinzo Abe said he wanted to take revenge on the Unification Church, also known as the Moon sect, which he believed the former Japanese prime minister was close to.

The case shakes the Japan. After the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, July 8, during a speech, the profile of the killer, Tetsuya Yamagami, became clearer with, at the center of the drama, a sect as discreet as it is. controversial.

This is how the alleged killer said he wanted to attack the Unification Church, also called the sect of the Moon, which he says ruined his mother. Convinced that the former head of state was a member of the sect, he wanted his action to take revenge on the religious organization. This Monday, July 11, the sect itself. confirmed that the suspect’s mother was a devotee.

“Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami’s mother is a member of our organization and attends Church events about once a month,” the Japanese branch president of the church from unificationTomihiro Tanaka.

She would have joined the organization in 1998, then in great financial difficulty around 2002, the mother of the suspect would then have caused the bankruptcy of the whole family by donating all her savings to the movement.

Discreet but controversial

Founded in 1954 in South Korea by Sun Myung Moon, the Unification Church is present mainly in this country, in the United States and in Japan. Close to the Bible adding new interpretations, this cult is most famous for its mass collective marriages.

Quickly and in the midst of the Cold War, Moon became a billionaire thanks to his cult and built a vast business empire through the religious group that would bear his name by assimilation. The latter then claims to have had a vision of Christ at the age of 15 which intimated him to continue his mission, so that humanity reaches a stage of purityRTL details, a world banished from all its “sins”.

Moon then founded several organizations and foundations in the media, arts, education and even health sectors.

The cult now claims several hundred thousand followers, a figure that rises to 3 million according to the sect’s claims.

What connection with Shinzo Abe?

Nobody. It is even the sect’s spokesman who claims that Shinzo Abe “was never” a member of the organization from near or far. However in Japan, some reporters claim that Moon largely funded the Liberal Democratic Party from which Shinzo Abe came, the largest right-wing political party. The sect of the Moon has therefore always established itself as anti-communist, far right and very close to nationalist issues.

As early as 2019, an association of Japanese lawyers also criticized Shinzo Abe for his alleged ties to the sect. “The Unification Church is not a religious organization, explained the National Network of Advocates Against Spiritual Commerce, a Japanese NGO. It has always had anti-social behavior and we urge politicians not to join its activities,” reports the daily La Croix.

So many elements that could have led Tetsuya Yamagami to his assassination this Friday, July 8th.

In France, for example, he approached in the 1980s with the Front National to permanently stop all funding from Jean-Mari Le Pen after his remarks on the gas chambers, Le Monde recalls in 2012.

The ruling coalition remains in the majority in the upper house

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is in the process of retaining the upper house majority with his coalition partner after Sunday’s poll, state broadcaster NHK reports based on polls conducted at the end of the polls. .

This result was widely expected for the elections held two days after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a prominent member of the LDP, which caused a stir in the archipelago.

The LDP and the Komeito party are expected to win between 69 and 83 out of 125 contested seats in Sunday’s poll, according to NHK polls. Final results are not expected until Monday.

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