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Truth about Faith-Breaking Stuns Journalist

Attempted faith-breaking

Japanese investigative journalist deeply shocked as she discovers the hidden truth about professional faith-breaking  

Masumi Fukuda
Masumi Fukuda speaking in Kumamoto 16th June 2024. Photo: Screenshot from video recording.

Part 3 of a speech Masumi Fukuda (福田ますみ), Japanese investigative journalist and award-winning author, gave 16th June 2024 at the “Kumamoto Conference to Protect Freedom of Religion” at a hotel in Kumamoto, a city of ca. 740,000 inhabitants on the southern island of Kyushu. The conference was attended by members and supporters of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, protesting against the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology‘s request for a court order to dissolve the Family Federation of Japan. 

See part 1, part 2, part 4

So, I thought to myself, “National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales (Zenkoku-benren) claims it was established to help victims of spiritual scams, but is that really all there is to it? Is there some other purpose?”

At the time, I started thinking, “I wonder how that network came to be? Something seems strange.”

So, I decided, “Let’s investigate it! Let’s look into the network of lawyers!”

First, I checked magazines and articles from around the time of its establishment in May 1987. There was a monthly magazine called Zenbo (全貌 – The Full Picture) back then, associated with what was considered a far-right publishing house called Zenbo-sha. I wondered if it had some connections to the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office and provided independent information.

Other newspapers and magazines all featured stories from anonymous victims of so-called “spiritual sales”. There was such an article in “Asahi Journal”. Anyway, it was all about people being tricked out of their money by sweet talk, or being made to buy a really expensive vase, or something like that.

Hiroshi Yamaguchi, one of militant lawyers
Hiroshi Yamaguchi, activist leftwing lawyer and founder and leading member of National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales (NNLASS). Photo: Screenshot / Bitter Winter

Among those publications, the one called Zenbo revealed that almost all the lawyers in National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales were connected to the Communist Party (JCP). Back then, some of them were also associated with the Japan Socialist Party (JSP) [existed 1945-1996], now referred to as the former Socialist Party. [JSP was re-founded in 1996 as the Social Democratic Party]. Lawyers like Hiroshi Yamaguchi were affiliated with the Socialist Party, particularly with its far-left wing, the Socialist Association. They were all leftist lawyers.

It was also written that the true purpose of National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales was not to combat spiritual scams but to undermine the Anti-Espionage Law. Reading this, I somewhat understood it, but it was only covered in that one magazine. There wasn’t much written about the true nature of the network of lawyers.

Additionally, there is the ideological struggle between theism (有心論) and atheism (無心論). Since the network of lawyers is connected to the Communist Party, of course they don’t believe in God, and there are many ideological struggles. Of course, the Federation for Victory over Communism (勝共 連合) and the Unification Church (統一教会) are organizations that are closely and inseparably linked. As the Federation for Victory over Communism criticizes communism, I thought it made sense that there were various relationships there, but I was a little unsure about what to make of it being reported in just that one magazine.

Yonemoto about faith-breaking
The front cover page of “Our Unpleasant Neighbour: The Tragedy of the ‘Rescue’ of a Female Believer from the Unification Church” by Kazuhiro Yonemoto (2008).

Then, just after that, I read a little about Toru Goto (後藤 徹) and the issue of abduction and detention in “Our Unpleasant Neighbour” (我 ら の 不快 な 隣人) written by Kazuhiro Yonemoto (米本 和弘). So I was a little aware that it was members of the former Unification Church who had been abducted and detained.

So, I thought that the issue of abduction and confinement was probably important, and I asked Toru Goto to interview him. After all, he was held captive for 12 years and five months. That’s a terrible thing. I was really shocked.

When I met with Toru Goto and asked him about abduction and confinement, he mentioned that there are over 4,300 victims of abduction and confinement. It was shocking news to me. It seems there exists a systematic structure for abduction and confinement. It has even become a business. I thought that the presence of apostates in post-war Japan is truly a matter of great concern which is deeply rooted and has been vicious.

Listening to Toru Goto’s story, I could hardly believe it. In Japan, where freedom of religion is guaranteed, how could there be more than 4,300 people abducted and confined? A pastor who specialized in making individuals leave religious organisations, said himself that there were more than 5,000 such victims. Why did something like this happen? Why couldn’t it be prevented or stopped? That was my simple question.

Toru Goto
Toru Goto in 2008, barely able to move after being held in forcible detention by his own family in league with professional faith-breakers for more than 12 years. Photo: Kazuhiro Yonemoto / Japanese Victims’ Association against Religious Kidnapping and Forced Conversion

As I listened to Goto’s story and learned more about what happened in Japan, his brother and sister had also been former believers. They were abducted and held captive by Takashi Miyamura (宮村 峻) and forced to leave the Unification Church. Toru Goto’s older brother, who was also a victim, and his wife, also a former believer, and his sister, who had also been abducted and held captive, then locked Goto up in an attempt to “rescue” him, and held him captive for 12 years and five months. Those who were once considered victims, had now become perpetrators, harming their own relative Toru Goto.

I was deeply shocked to hear that, and so I asked Goto, “Did this really happen here on this Earth? Isn’t this really something that happens on another planet?” That’s what I was saying, and he laughed a little because of that.

Then I mentioned about National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales.

I showed Goto a copy of the article in the magazine called Zenbo (全貌 – The Full Picture). At that time, Sato, the Public Relations Director who assisted with the interview, was there too. When I asked them if it was true, they both looked as if they already knew about it.

Continued in part 4.

See part 1, part 2, part 4

Featured image above: Attempted faith-breaking illustrated by Microsoft Designer Image Creator 30th June 2024. 

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