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Brains Behind Campaign Exploited Parents’ Love

Panel on brains behind campaign

Symposium exposes how brains behind campaign of abductions and faith-breaking systematically exploited the parental bond to sons and daughters

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Tokyo, 27th May 2024 – Published as an article in the Japanese newspaper Sekai Nippo. Republished with permission. Translated from Japanese. Original article

Abduction and confinement as “Exploitation of Parental Love”

Symposium in Shizuoka Reflects on Freedom of Religion

by the editorial department of the Sekai Nippo

A symposium on the theme of religious freedom in Japan – hosted by the Shizuoka Citizens’ Association for the Protection of Basic Human Rights and Freedom of Religion – was held on the 25th May 2024 in Shizuoka City.

Pastor Haruhisa Nakagawa (中川晴久) of the Christian Church of the Lord’s Sheep (主の羊クリスチャン教会), who gave the keynote speech, criticized the so-called “exit counselors” (faith-breakers) who lead forced renunciations of faith by members of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (formerly the Unification Church), stating that they “exploit parental love”.

Pastor Nakagawa, who had spoken with a mother who abducted and confined her [adult] child for forced de-conversion [deprogramming], pointed out,

“The exit counselor (faith-breaker) pastor told her that her parenting was bad and that she didn’t love her child enough. This triggered the parent to commit the confinement [forcible detention], while the exit counselor himself stayed out of sight.

In the panel discussion held after the lecture, they also touched on the dissolution order request issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It was argued that “by advancing this, they are trying to bury and conceal the abduction and confinement issue. On the contrary, we need to bring this issue to light.”

Featured image above: Pastor Haruhisa Nakagawa (second from the left) speaking during the panel discussion on the afternoon of the 25th May 2024 in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Photo by Takahide Ishii (石井孝秀) / Sekai Nippo.

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Haruhisa Nakagawa. Photo: Private

Haruhisa Nakagawa is in addition of being pastor of the Christian Church of the Lord’s Sheep (主の羊クリスチャン教会) in Yokohama, Japan, also Executive Secretary of Tokyo Christian Theological Institute, President of Japan Christian Theological Institute, and SALTY Editorial Committee Member. SALTY is the Japanese Christian opinion website salty-japan.net. He conducted an undercover investigation of the Unification Church in 2012. Bitter Winter, the online magazine for human rights and religious freedom, has posted several pieces Nakagawa has written. 

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The cover front page of Monthly Seiron December 2023.

The Japanese monthly opinion magazine Seiron (正論) published in its December 2023 issue a feature article on the outrageous persecution of the Family Federation (formerly the Unification Church) in Japan. There Nakagawa stated that it is hard to understand that the government does not see that they may be acting illegally in basing their dissolution request on civil cases largely masterminded by hostile lawyers who support methods like kidnapping, forcible detention, and testifying under duress.

In the same report, Nakagawa describes how some parents of adult members of the Unification Church were involved in the forced de-conversion of their sons or daughters. The parents were thoroughly instructed by faith-breakers for a period of up to half a year, learning how to carry out the kidnapping, forcible detention, and faith-breaking. Haruhisa Nakagawa says,

“Parents claim they tried to compel their abducted children to leave the church out of love. However, it is important to note that these ‘children’ were adults.”

The Christian leader also mentioned in the Seiron report how the forced de-conversion

“damages the parent-child relationship and leaves a big scar. Even if the adult believers say they are happy to have left the group, they may still be tormented by the memory of the moment of abduction and confinement, and a rift between parent and child may eventually develop, and the wound may never heal.”

News and Insights has published several of Nakagawa’s articles earlier. See:

7th March 2024: “Black Propaganda” as Cover for Criminal Acts

30th December 2023: Lawyers Using Witnesses under Duress

28th December 2023: Parents Pay for Activism of Pastors and Lawyers

26th December 2023: Vicious Smear Tactic Used to Hide Criminal Acts

25th December 2023: Minister Reveals Crucial Facts to Court

29th September 2023: Persecutors May Be Held Criminally Liable

27th September 2023: Undercover Study Found Allegations Untrue

25th September 2023: Deliberate Lies Caused Abe Assassination

 

More on brains behind campaign: Japan: 4300 Abductions and Forcible Detentions

And more on brains behind campaign: Illegalities of Activist Lawyers Exposed

Yet more on brains behind campaign: Lawyers Manipulating, Coercing, Lying

Still more on brains behind campaign: Biased Information from Leftwing Lawyers

Even more on brains behind campaign: Dangerous Precedent to Crush Religions

And yet more on brains behind campaign: Japan Following the Way of China

And still more on brains behind campaign: Lawyers and Deprogrammers Hand in Hand

And even more on brains behind campaign: Police Turns Blind Eye to Forcible Detention

And yet even more on brains behind campaign: Forcibly Medicated to Break His Faith

More on brains behind campaign: Sinister Plot of Hostile Lawyers Exposed

More on brains behind campaign: Collusion to Rob Minority of Its Rights

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