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Japanese politicians’ reliance on Unification Church for votes exposed

It was reported that he became a supporting member because his campaign pledges were in line with the group’s concepts. One of his secretaries told the Yomiuri Shimbun that Inoue did so to receive support in the election.

Many politicians were also found to have sent congratulatory messages for events linked to the group.

“There are many organisations whose actual status remains unclear, but if you do nothing when asked to attend an event, you’ll make them your enemies in the election. That’s why I used to send congratulatory messages,” a former lower house member recalled, speaking to the Yomiuri Shimbun.

Local leaders have also received support from the group. Toyama governor Hachiro Nitta admitted that he had received support from the group in the 2020 gubernatorial election in which he was first elected.

“They took a grassroots approach in the election campaign, and I was grateful for that at the time,” said…

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