Updated July 16, 2019
(The Unification Church is now known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, FFWPU.)
Myung-hee Kim was born in 1930 in North Pyongan province, north of Pyongyang, in what is now North Korea. (source: UC of Japan monthly journal “Family” dated June 2005.)
When Allen Tate Wood visited Korea in 1970, he was told that Myung-hee Kim had been a “wife” of Sun Myung Moon. LINK
According to the Japanese UC publication, Chūwa Shinbun, dated September 12, 1992:
“However, for Teacher Moon there must be a ‘True Mother’ together with the messiah. He knew this very strongly. In 1954 he married Myung-hee Kim…” LINK
It seems Sun Myung Moon held a religious marriage ceremony with Myung-hee Kim in 1954 while he was still married to his first wife, Seon-gil Choi. Moon and Choi divorced on January 8, 1957.
Abusing and manipulating Japanese Unificationists through guilt
For decades, Japanese Unificationists have been told that Myung-hee Kim, who gave birth to their son Hee-jin Moon in Tokyo on August 17, 1955, was raped by a Japanese official.
Myung-hee Kim stayed in Japan for over four years – without a passport or visa. She and Hee-jin returned to Korea on October 2, 1959. Those who knew Hee-jin said he spoke very good Japanese.
Why was Myung-hee Kim in Japan? Because in Korea at that time, a person found guilty of committing adultery would be jailed if the spouse made a complaint to the authorities. [That law was only revoked in February 2015.] Moon was still married to his first wife, but Moon had got Ms Kim pregnant, and so Ms Kim was sent away to Japan so Moon could avoid scandal and jail.
Japanese Unificationists have been made to feel guilty about the supposed “rape” of the woman who, they were told, would have become the future True Mother. The purpose of making them feel guilty was so that Unification Church leaders could push them to raise large sums of money to indemnify this great sin and “evil” act, by a Japanese person, which affected the course of God’s “providence of restoration”.
However, the really evil thing is that this story of Ms Kim being raped is a lie. It is a fabrication, and the Korean leaders of the Unification Church / FFWPU have known it all along.
Myung-hee Kim admitted to Sun Myung Moon and to numerous people that she was seduced by the leader of a spiritual group (who seems to have been Korean). She said it was her own fault for being weak.
[It has also been said that when she traveled to Japan, she had a contact person to go to in Tokyo who was part of a Korean spiritual group.] At the time, being on her own in Japan for four years, she was vulnerable because Sun Myung Moon had not sent her any money for her support or that of their child. The spiritual leader in Japan persuaded her that Sun Myung Moon didn’t really love her.
Dan Fefferman, the American Unificationist leader, wrote that, in 1970 in a meeting with “Father, Mrs. Won Pok Choi and President Young Whi Kim”, he was told that Myung-hee Kim was “was either raped or seduced by a Japanese man”
On August 28, 1971 Moon spoke at the Cheongpyeong Training Center in Korea. He stated that Hee-jin was born in Japan and lived in a Buddhist temple. This would seem to confirm that Ms Kim was connected with a Buddhist religious group in Japan.
▲ Around the time of the Korean war and in the years following it, many Koreans traveled from Busan to Japan illegally in fishing boats, just like this one. The influx was a big problem for the Japanese authorities.
Rev. Jin-hun Yong stated, in a talk published on Youtube on November 23, 2013, that it was a Korean man and not a Japanese man. “… After Seon-gil Choi failed, Father met Hee-jin’s mother (Myung-hee Kim) and explained to her about the role of Eve. … Hee-jin’s mother was in the position of the growth level. … She became pregnant and was sent to the Eve nation, Japan, to give birth there and to come back. … [6:40] There was one Kyong-kyu Yu [ 柳景圭, a student from Yonsei University ] who went with her. He escorted her as her bodyguard. At that time Korea and Japan did not have a visa. Because Japan had ruled Korea for 40 years, it was very difficult for Koreans to enter Japan at that time. She went to Japan without an official visa. They borrowed a boat and went to Japan… She worked with one of the officials at the Immigration Office. That person was actually a Korean who lived in Japan. … and suddenly this official raped Hee-jin’s mother. She was crying as she told me the story. … [9:40] In any event, after that incident she somehow managed to come back to Korea [arriving on October 2, 1959]. … Hee-jin’s mother wrote a letter to Father saying she was raped. Father wrote letters to her to come back, and he sent people. He went to meet her. She would always run away. She continuously avoided Father. … Father put Hee-jin in his family register as his son.”
It seems that Rev Yong explained some things that were true, but also added the lie that Myung-hee Kim was raped. (Rev Yong did not mention Sun Myung Moon’s relationship with Chong-hwa Kim in Pyongyang in 1946-1948 for which Moon and Kim were both jailed for bigamy. Moon was sent to Heungnam prison. Moon said that Chong-hwa Kim was in the “Rachel position.” Following that relationship, Myung-hee Kim would be Moon’s third wife, not his second wife.)
Rev Yong spoke about an official from the Immigration Office. According to the FFWPU of Japan monthly Family magazine of June 2005:
“At the time, in 1955, Japan and South Korea did not have diplomatic relations, so why was Myung-hee Kim able to travel to Japan?
Also “With the Treaty of San Francisco signed with the World War II Allies coming into effect in April 1952, the Japanese government unilaterally stripped Koreans living in Japan of their citizenship, leaving them stateless.”
Cho Kyung-hee, a Sungkonghoe University researcher from a Chosen-seki background is an expert on Zainichi Korean issues.
Rev Yong said, “At that time Korea and Japan did not have a visa.” His story about an immigration official helping Myung-hee Kim is not credible.
So the top Koreans, including Moon, confused the issue: they mentioned some truth but added the lie about rape.
The really big question is: did the Japanese UC / FFWPU leaders know that the rape story was a lie? Did they connive with the Korean leaders in abusing and exploiting the ordinary Japanese Unificationists for financial purposes? If they did, how would Japanese members feel about that?
Chung-hwa Pak said that at some point Myung-hee Kim was detained by the Japanese authorities because she had no money or passport. She spent time in the Omura Detention Center, which was near Nagasaki.