Ties Revealed: Former Unification Church and Japan's Politicians
The killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revealed previously overlooked ties between politicians and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, formerly known as the Unification Church. Dozens of senior members of the Kishida administration, including Cabinet ministers and vice-ministers, have acknowledged some kind of connection to the religious group or its affiliated organizations. The connections are also seen in lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties. NHK interviewed key figures from the group to find out more about these relationships.

Tsukada Hotaka (Associate Professor, Joetsu University of Education)