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Kishida Swayed by Communist Dictatorial Policy

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Politician claims Kishida has copied dictatorial policy of the communists as he violates the freedom of religious minority 

Bitter Winter, the online magazine for human rights and religious freedom, published as a series of three articles a report titled “The Unification Church Case in Japan: A Politician Speaks Up.” It was written by a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Toshikazu Masubuchi, who served as speaker of Tochigi Prefectural Assembly 1991-2011.

Bitter Winter exposing forcible detentionOn 29th February 2024, Bitter Winter published the 3rd of its 3 articles. It was headlined “Political Motivations Behind the Request of a Dissolution Order”. There, Masubuchi explains that if Fumio Kishida had responded to calls from left-wingers to cut ties with the Family Federation, in a similar way that former Prime Minister Nakasone did in 1987, the Liberal Democratic Party would have avoided many of the problems it faced after the Abe assassination in July 2022.

On part 1 in Bitter Winter series, part 2a, part 2b, part 3b

Toshikazu Masubuchi on red hatred for movement
Toshikazu Masubuchi. Photo: Bitter Winter

Masubuchi points out that the media may manifestly advocate for human rights and champion justice, but at the same time they readily overlook the human rights of those who deviate from their narratives. The media exhibit no hesitation in branding the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU, formerly known as the Unification Church) as an “anti-social” organization. The majority of the media uses such a defamatory term despite it originally being reserved for certain groups identified by the National Police Agency, such as “yakuza and pseudo-yakuza” and “political extortion groups”.

Chosen souren Japanese HQ
The Japanese headquarters of Chosen Souren (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan) in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Photo: GcG / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC Attr 3.0 Unp. Cropped

In addition, organizations like the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), “Chosen Souren” (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan), violent extreme left-wing groups, and Aum Shinrikyo have been pointed out by the police as “groups to be monitored” under the Subversive Activities Prevention Act, whereas the Family Federation has not received such a designation. Nonetheless, the media report on the Family Federation seemingly assuming that it is an “anti-social group”, demonstrating a lack of introspection.

The LDP politician draws attention to the fact that in the groups of lawyers aggressively hounding the Family Federation and demanding its dissolution, there are individuals who vehemently opposed the “Subversive Activities Prevention Act” being applied to Aum Shinrikyo. It appears they were intent on preventing a precedent being established for applying the Act. Essentially, they sought to safeguard the Communist Party, which is labeled a “group to be monitored” under the Act.

Masubuchi emphasizes the huge paradox of resisting applying the Act to Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for numerous casualties, while fanatically insisting on the Family Federation being dissolved, even though it has committed no criminal offenses. The actions of those lawyers prioritize their own political interests.

Central Committee Building of JPC
The Central Committee Building of the Japanese Communist Party (JPC) in Shibuya, Tokyo May 2006. Photo: Lombroso / Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image. Cropped

Moreover, the media harshly criticize politicians with ties to the purportedly “anti-social” Family Federation or its affiliates, alleging that such relations endorse their anti-social activities. Nonetheless, Masubuchi commends those politicians solely for their unwavering commitment to safeguarding Japan from left-leaning tendencies. As secular political experts, Masuchi and fellow politicians cannot endorse the religious beliefs of the Family Federation. This is yet another instance of the left’s typical misdirection.

The Tochigi politician writes that members of the Family Federation place their faith in Sun Myung Moon as the Messiah of the Second Coming, not in politicians who are ordinary persons. Masubuchi asks rhetorically if there is even one member who contributes to the Family Federation because some of its gatherings involve LDP politicians.

Furthermore, even if such contributors exist, it is unclear why that would be unlawful. Those troubled by donations to the Family Federation are according to Masubuchi predominantly leftists. He claims their underlying message is, “Do not support anti-communist groups!Labeling a donor as a “victim” is manipulative. It is not the consumer, but the Japanese Communist Party that suffers.

However, members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), possibly wary of media disinformation, consistently feigned not knowing when questioned if they had ties to the Family Federation and affiliated groups. The politicians are without doubt in a demanding situation as they must secure electoral victories in the next elections.

Hirokazu Matsuno
Hirokazu Matsuno (松野 博一), Chief Cabinet Secre-tary from Oct. 2021 till Dec. 2023. Photo: 内閣官房内閣広報室 / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC Attr 4.0 Int. Cropped

Nevertheless, on 31st August 2022, to everyone’s surprise, even Prime Minister Kishida announced during a press briefing that he, as the head of the governing party, had given instructions to the party’s secretary-general to sever connections to the Family Federation.

Subsequently, Kishida’s large party amended its governance code, articulating a policy of “completely cutting off connections with FFWPU and its affiliated organisations”. According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno’s statement in the Diet, the term “affiliated organisations” encompasses International Federation for Victory Over Communism (IFVOC).

Masubuchi is puzzled by what Prime Minister Kishida may be contemplating,

“What is Prime Minister Kishida thinking when he decides to sever ties with those who have fought at the risk of their lives to prevent Japan from leaning left since before he entered university? Wasn’t there peace in society afterward thanks to them?

Has Prime Minister Kishida ever fought for Japan with the same dedication as they have? It is unavoidable to conclude that Prime Minister Kishida’s actions go against the ‘essence of conservatism’.

Yasuhiro Nakasone
Yasuhiro Nakasone (1918-2019), Japanese Prime Minister 1982-1987. Photo: 首相官邸ホームページ / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC Attr 4.0 Int

During a parliamentary questioning session in 1987, Yasuhiro Nakasone, who was Prime Minister at the time, firmly rebuffed Communist Party members’ demand to cut ties with International Federation for Victory Over Communism (IFVOC), asserting,

“I consider it a serious violation of freedom of thought and action. I think this is a manifestation of the Communist Party’s dictatorial policy. I would like them to refrain from making such unconstitutional statements that violate freedom of thought and action.”

Toshikazu Masubuchi claims,

Kishida copying dictatorial policy
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida swayed by communist campaign. Here, 16th April 2023. Photo: 首相官邸ホームページ / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC Attr 4.0 Int

“If Prime Minister Kishida had responded with such a reasonable argument, there would have been no problem, and the situation of demanding the dissolution of FFWPU would not have arisen. I hoped that Prime Minister Kishida, once in office, could transform into a courageous politician like former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – but it was a miscalculation.

Continued in part 3b.

On part 1 in Bitter Winter series, part 2a, part 2b, part 3b

Featured image above: Fumio Kishida (right) with four top leaders of Japanese Communist Party (JCP), from left: Keiji Kokuta, Tomoko Tamura, Akira Koike, Kazuo Shii. Photo (30th March 2023): 首相官邸ホームページ  / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC Attr 4.0 Int. Cropped

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