Chairman revealing intense fight to crush Family Federation in new admission
With its close to 300,000 members, the Japanese Communist Party (JPC) is one of the world’s largest. Since the 1970’s, the party has been fighting systematically to destroy the Unification Church, regarded as a key player among the anti-communist forces.
On 4th September 2023, Kazuo Shii, chairman of the Japanese Communist Party since 2000, made a new admission about their decades long campaign and wrote on his large Twitter / X account with more than 200,000 followers,
“Despite being criticized so much the Unification Church still continues its “mass weddings”. We must not relax our thorough pursuit.”
The “thorough pursuit” he mentioned in his new admission is part of the JCP’s deliberate effort to eliminate anti-communists.
In an interview in November 2022 with Shii, the Shimbun Akahata, the daily organ and official national newspaper of the Japanese Communist Party, it was made clear that the fierce campaign after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 8th July 2022 is the communists’ “final war” against the Unification Church / Family Federation.
Shii said in the Akahata interview that the war had started already in 1978 at the elections of the governor of Kyoto. “This time”, he said after the Abe assassination – making a new admission at the time – “we will fight thoroughly and completely until we win the struggle.”
Many times, communists prefer to work undercover, often through so-called front groups. One would rarely hear them admit publicly that they are behind a certain project or group. A good example is the National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales, the body through which they have been fighting the Unification Church since 1987.
Award-winning investigative journalist Masumi Fukuda explains,
“Almost all of the lawyers in the Network were affiliated with the former Socialist Party and the Communist Party, […] were connected with extremist groups and North Korea, and were ideologically leftists and self-styled atheists.” (The Truth About the National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales, article by Masumi Fukuda in the monthly magazine Hanada, republished in English in Bitter Winter 30th March 2023)
It has indeed been in line with a long-term communist strategy to weaken voices like the Unification Church, that is highly critical of the God-denying, totalitarian society communists systematically work to create, the likes of which we see in China and North Korea.
At an international conference in South Korea on 17th December 2022, Michael Pillsbury, author and prominent authority on China, said that it is not only the Japanese Communist Party that exploits the assassination of Shinzo Abe. Also Chinese President Xi Jinping believes he may use the assassination – and the alleged grievances of Tetsuya Yamagami, the terrorist behind the murder, towards the Unification Church – to stain the reputation of the church and the legacy of Abe and undermine freedom of religion in Japan and other countries.
Pillsbury served from 2014 to January 2023 as director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute, a prestigious Washington, D.C think tank. In addition, he has been an adviser to most American presidents since Richard Nixon. He now works for the Heritage Foundation, one of the top 10 think tanks in the world, as Senior Fellow for China Strategy.
“It’s obvious to me why China also wants to undermine the memory of Abe. He was the most anti-Chinese Communist Party Prime Minister in Japanese history. The Japanese Communist Party not only attacks the Abe wing of the LDP, but also the work of the Unification Church in Japan and around the world. China attacks the Unification Church. At the same time, it attacks everything Abe worked for.”
In an article titled “Don’t Allow the Attack on Kishida to Become a Trend” 16th April this year by columnist Gearoid Reidy, The Japan times commented that the assassination of Abe “was exploited for political gain.”
In a series of articles in the monthly magazine Hanada, above-mentioned journalist Masumi Fukuda explains precisely how that was done. She revealed how a leftwing group of activist lawyers managed to sell a totally fabricated story to the media that it was the Unification Church that was the real perpetrator. Read the story!
Fukuda explains where the activist lawyers’ network – National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales – comes from,
In addition, the award-winning journalist exposes that the network of lawyers for more than 20 years had been extensively involved in the abduction and forcible confinement of members of the Unification Church,
“There were lawyers who became rich through these cases, as did deprogrammers and Christian pastors involved in the abductions, who received substantial amounts of money from the relatives of the believers they deprogrammed.
When the lawyers were consulted by the believers’ parents, they first introduced them to the deprogrammers. If and when deprogramming was successful, the lawyers took over from the deprogrammers as ‘handlers’ of the former believers, made them plaintiffs, and filed lawsuits. The anti-Unification-Church group, including Attorney Kito and journalists Yoshifu Arita, and Eito Suzuki, still defends deprogramming to this very day, and claims it was performed to ‘protect’ the former members of the Unification Church.” (Hanada / Bitter Winter)
Fukuda explains how thousands of members of the Unification Church were kidnapped, forcibly confined and deprogrammed. Not only were they forced to denounce their belief. They also had to prove that they had separated themselves from the church by asserting they had been “victims of spiritual sales”. The network of lawyers made them go to court against the Unification Church demanding to retrieve the money they once had donated.
More than 4,300 members were kidnapped and deprogrammed in this way. With so many forced by leftwing lawyers to sue the Unification Church, this communist-inspired activist network managed to inflate figures immensely and portray the Unification Church as a group “detrimental to public welfare”.
Fukuda reveals how for decades, the leftwing lawyers in the afore-mentioned network have used tactics like coercing ex-members to join their lawsuits against the Unification Church, making up evidence, and extorting money from a perfectly legitimate religious movement, that is constantly being attacked and painted black by those lawyers. Masumi Fukuda calls those lawsuits fraudulent. She says,
In fact, there are many cases in which relatives consulted with the Network on how to force the donors-believers to sue.” (The Plot to Destroy the Unification Church in Japan. 3. Fraudulent Lawsuits, written by Masumi Fukuda, published in Bitter Winter 26th June 2023.)
The network was actually organised in order to put an end to the Unification Church, now called the Family Federation. In her articles the Japanese journalist exposes how the activist lawyers, many of them hard-core communists, used trumped-up charges against a new religious movement, while the “crime” it has committed, is to be against communism.
In this way the communists wage their “final war” against the Family Federation, by pushing for its dissolution order.
It is hard to think of a more dishonest, immoral and sly way to attack one’s enemy.
“New Admission by Top Japanese Communist” – text: Knut Holdhus. Published 7th Sep 2023 at 9:51 am, updated 2:14 pm same day.
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