11 December 2022
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida praised bipartisan efforts in his country's parliament in enacting a law to restrict malicious donation solicitations by religious and other groups. The law mainly targets the Unification Church, whose fundraising tactics and cozy ties with the governing party caused public outrage.
The South Korean-based religious group’s decades-long ties with Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party surfaced after the July assassination of former leader Shinzo Abe. Kishida has sought to calm public anger over his handling of the scandal and has replaced three Cabinet ministers. The new law allows believers, other donors and their families to seek the return of their money and prohibits religious groups and other organizations from soliciting funds.
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