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Japan seeks to revoke the Unification Church's legal status after Abe killing

Posted on AllSides October 13th, 2023
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Japan's government has asked a court to revoke the legal status of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church.

It's a rare move by a government whose ruling party has long had ties with both the church and other religious groups. It might not have happened if not for the bizarre murder of Japan's ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year.

Japan's Education Minister announced the government's long-expected decision Thursday following an official investigation.

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