Japan: Kishida asks cabinet members to declare affiliation with Unification Church

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida wants new and existing cabinet members and deputy ministers to declare their affiliation with the Unification Church, the religious organization cited by the man accused of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to as reported by Bloomberg.

Kishida said he plans to reshuffle the cabinet as soon as next week, confirming earlier reports.

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“I want to start quickly with a new lineup given the various issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, dealing with rising prices and the situation in Ukraine and Taiwan,” Kishida said in a briefing broadcast by NHK.

The prime minister stated that he has no connection, as far as he knows, with the Unification Church.

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The controversial church, officially called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, was started by religious leader Sun Myong Moon in South Korea in the 1950s and has about 3 million members worldwide.

Source: Capital

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