The mother of the man accused of the murder of Shinzo Abe is a member of the Unification Church, the organization, also known aslunar sect“, and whose suspect had said he wanted to take revenge by targeting the former Japanese prime minister.

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41,he resented a certain organizationand he decided to kill Shinzo Abe because he thought the former head of government had a connection with it, Japanese police said Friday.

“We ignore the circumstances”

The Japanese media quickly mentioned a religious organization without naming it and claimed that Tetsuya Yamagami was angry with it because it would get large donations from her mother, putting her family in great financial trouble. “Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami’s mother is a member of our organization and attends Church events about once a month.Tomihiro Tanaka, the president of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church, said at a hastily organized press conference in Tokyo on Monday.

He did not provide details on the donations of the suspect’s mother, citing the ongoing police investigation, which the organization wants “to cooperate“This woman joined this cult in 1998 and the organization learned that it was in dire financial straits around 2002, according to Tomihiro Tanaka.”We do not know the circumstances that led this family to bankruptcy.“He also assured that the donations to the Church were made on a voluntary basis and that the amounts were free.

Bible-based teachings

This official also pointed out that his organization was horrified by the murder of Shinzo Abe, which he had “neverhe was one of its members or advisers. Shinzo Abe died of his injuries after being attacked by bullets on Friday while speaking at a political rally in Nara (western Japan) for Sunday’s senatorial elections. Local police recognized serious security deficiencies at the event.

The Unification Church was founded in 1954 in South Korea by Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012). It is mainly present in this country as well as in the United States and Japan. The teachings of this cult famous for its mass collective marriages are based on the Bible, with new interpretations.

A highly controversial figure who became a billionaire thanks to the vast economic empire built by his Church, Moon said that at the age of 15 he had a vision of Jesus Christ that urged him to continue his mission, so that humanity reaches a stage. of purity. “without sin“.

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