FFWPU used members for profit, not religious purposes

Japan High Court judge upholds “FFWPU used members for profit, not religious purposes.”

This has serious ramifications.

The Unification Church of Japan (which now calls itself The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification) is worried about the legal implications of the judge’s 2015 statement, upheld on appeal at the High Court.
This could set a precedent for other former UC members who are seeking compensation for the donations they gave, or the time they worked for the UC without pay, or for damage to their physical health, etc.
The members were recruited for religious purposes, but used for profit.

The FFWPU was ordered to pay $321,400 to the three former members.


The UC / FFWPU of Japan have decided NOT to appeal again.


Translated newspaper report:
Mainichi Shimbun, October 17, 2015 (Hokkaido morning edition)

Lawsuit by former FFWPU / Unification Church followers who were harmed: Appeal court upholds “illegal solicitation” ruling in case against the Unification Church.

The first trial was held at the Sapporo District Court [in March 2014]. Following that, on October 16th in the Court of Appeal at the Sapporo High Court – the presiding judge was SATO, Michiaki – the ruling was given in favor of the three former followers. The judge said they were forced to make donations in illegal solicitation. The former followers sought damages from the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (previously the known as the Unification Church). The FFWPU was ordered to pay a total of ¥38,500,000 ($321,400 US) to the three former followers in Sapporo and Tokyo.

It was pointed out that [at the first trial at the District Court] in March last year, “the judge determined the missionary activities of the (former Unification Church) followers, which included donations and unpaid sales activities, was for profit. Profit was the inferred purpose [of what the followers were asked to do]. It was not for religious purposes, and that was unfair.” Mr. Sato, the presiding judge at the High Court, also upheld this decision.


http://mainichi.jp/area/hokkaido/news/20151017ddr041040008000c.html

統一教会損賠訴訟:旧統一教会側の違法勧誘認める 控訴審判決
毎日新聞 2015年10月17日 北海道朝刊
違法な勧誘で献金などを強いられたとして、世界平和統一家庭連合(旧統一教会)に元信者が損害賠償を求めた訴訟の控訴審判決で、札幌高裁(佐藤道明裁判長)は16日、1審・札幌地裁判決に続き、統一家庭連合に対して札幌や東京の元信者3人に計約3850万円を支払うよう命じた。
昨年3月の1審判決は「(旧統一教会による)伝道活動は信者に献金、無償の物品販売活動を行わせるなどして利益を獲得することが目的だったと推測できる。宗教的目的ではなく、不当」と指摘。高裁の佐藤裁判長もこの判断を支持した。


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