“Welcome to the National Messiah” Commemorative Worship Service
~ Gathering Ceremony to complete the mission of the mother nation ~
A Unification Church missionary (‘National Messiah’?) from South Korea demands ownership of all possessions from Japanese followers.
Here is a translation from the Japanese:
subtitle: Video recorded inside Unification Church (filmed in January 1998).
narrator: This is a video made at a Unification Church gathering in Saitama Prefecture in January 1998.
preacher: (speaking in Japanese with a slight Korean accent):
We need to know fully whether my possessions belong to heaven, or to Satan.
We must clearly distinguish the two.
We must recognize them as the belongings of heaven.
Therefore, we must transfer the right of possession.
We need to be conscious about this idea of possession, clearly and truly.
Not taking the side of heaven, means killing all of my ancestors.
It means killing all of my descendants.
narrator: This gathering was held in the year following the South Korean economic break down of 1997. It was said that the founder of the Unification Church, Sun Myung Moon, was facing a crisis, and a contribution of approximately 1,600,000 yen ($12,000 in US dollars at that time) was demanded from each family of believers.
preacher: Today, right now, you have to write everything on this pledge card:
Your husband’s name, your wife’s name, phone number, occupation, and list of your possessions, that is to say, everything that is under your name: private car, house, building, rice field, field, every single thing. Did you understand?
preacher: Did you understand?
preacher: Louder please. (in a loud voice) Is that understood?
Everyone starts singing with the preacher leading:
We walk along the way of the Lord,
until the mission of Mother is accomplished.
narrator: This recorded video shows the reality of how the missionary, who came from South Korea, extorts money from the Japanese followers. It was shown as evidence at several court trials where former believers sued the Unification Church and demanded compensation.
The word “mother” on the banner and in the song is significant. Moon said that Japan was in the Eve, or mother, position to Korea, which was in the Adam position. Japan was given the mission to nourish (supply money and members to) Korea and for the worldwide providence.
Japan, according to Moon, had to pay great indemnity and repay Korea for the crimes Japan had committed and the resources it had plundered during the 40 year annexation / occupation of 1905-1945.
“Hiroshi Sakazume, the Japanese church’s director general of public relations said, however, that the Japanese church is transferring money overseas. In church theology, he said, it is Japan’s duty to play the mystical role of Eve, giving succor to the church’s children in other countries.” The Washington Post 1984
Some historical facts:
During about 36 months in 1948-1951 South Korean forces killed more South Koreans than the Japanese killed in the 36 years of their occupation of the Korea. There were some 1,222 probable incidents of mass execution without trial by the South Korean forces.
Many mass graves have been found.
New York Times (September 3, 2009) By Choe Sang-hun
What they are finding as they dig up the remains at Kwangamri, 175 miles south of Seoul, is physical evidence that backs up once suppressed stories of [South Korean] atrocities [against civilians] during the 1950-53 war.
Japan looted for the benefit of the Moons. Complaints reach over $1billion.
information from the National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales (Japan)
To end of 2017 = 119,162,049,769 Yen = $1,093,967,878.59
2017 188 cases totaling 903,113,950 yen
2018 61 cases totaling 2,191,267,080 yen
2019 79 cases totaling 1,130,655,750 yen
2020 214 cases totaling 918,072,300 yen
2021 47 cases totaling 331,530,507 yen
Totals from 1987 – 2021 34,537 cases 123,733,575,406 yen
A complete chart 1987-2021 from the National Network of Lawyers against the Spiritual Sales of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification/Unification Church is available here:
The above chart shows recorded complaints from Japanese citizens against the FFWPU / Unification Church’s “Spiritual Sales”. This abomination goes back decades.
Column 1 Complaints recorded by Organizations in Tokyo
Column 2 Complaints recorded by Organizations outside Tokyo
Column 3 Complaints recorded by Consumer Information Offices throughout Japan
Column 4 Totals
These are the most recent swindling totals, to the end of 2017. Since 1987, when the recording system was first set up, there have been a total of 34,136 claims filed that total over an astonishing $1billion at today’s conversion rate – and here’s the kicker. The people of Japan are not known for filling frivolous lawsuits. Many of the FFWPU/ UC victims are not likely to step forward to keep from losing face.
“The true figure of victimized citizens, however, is assumed to be over ten times more than what is recorded, for the fear of bad luck from ancestors and repercussions from the FFWPU / Unification Church.”
Some complaints are settled out of court.
That means over the decades the UC has plundered the nation of Japan to the tune of billions of dollars to fund its business and political activities all over the world. A few years ago Hyung Jin boasted that a former director of the KCIA was doing the UC books. They can no doubt show anything they wish as far as how the cash travels. This is the money that goes into the pool that funds things like the Universal Peace Federation, the Washington Times [and most probably construction at Cheongpypeong and of various holiday resorts in Korea]. Hyung Jin has stated that money from Japan goes to the UPF and past news articles have quoted Japanese members as saying cash from Japan was “earmarked for the Washington Times.” (Washington Post Sept. 16, 1984)
The government of Japan has strict laws about what religious organizations can do with their income. It is highly probable that the UC has broken those laws by supporting overseas businesses. A recent court case that the UC lost may have brought government prosecution closer.
The Moon’s private jets and helicopters have usually been paid for by the Japanese members. Recently there have been reports of UC leaders living lavish lifestyles “on the backs of the Japanese members”.
The leader of FFWPU Japan lied about court cases against the org.
The FFWPU leader, Tomihiro Tanaka, gave these answers at a press conference on July 11, 2022.
Question: In the past, your group has admitted to illegal donations in civil lawsuits and other cases and agreed to settle and compensate individuals as a corporation. Are these kinds of donations still occurring?
Answer: I think it is well known to the press that our organization has, in the past, had problems with donations. It was around 2009. The head of the group at the time held a news conference and issued a statement. Thirteen years have passed since then. The most important point emphasized in that statement was compliance. Over the past 13 years, we have promoted thorough compliance at every level of our organization. In this respect, I believe that the organization has changed significantly, including its attitude toward donations.
Q: So you are confirming that there is no such trouble now?
A: That’s right. Since 2009 we have not had any such trouble.
He also spoke about tithing in the FFWPU of Japan being a normal Christian practice. He said, “there is always an awareness and education on a one-tenth donation.”
This is another lie. Hak Ja Han expects Japanese, and other, FFWPU members to tithe three tenths.
The Moons’ palace at Cheongpyeong cost over $1billion.
Where did the funds for that come from? Cash payments made at Cheongpyeong for ancestor liberation? The Japanese had to pay much higher rates compared to anyone else.
▲ Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han were each presented with 120 crowns ( = 240 crowns) at the opening of the Cheongpyeong palace in June 2006. The crowns can be more clearly seen in the enlarged section below. (The crease in the center of the photo comes from the magazine it was printed in.)
Top court in Japan strikes down FFWPU / Unification Church appeal
September 18, 1997
In a first-ever ruling on religious group tactics to canvass offerings, on September 18 the Supreme Court upheld a high court decision that ordered a religious organization to pay 37.6 million yen in damages to two Fukuoka women who were coerced to donate their assets.
The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, generally known as the Unification Church, (now the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification) had appealed to the Supreme Court soon after the Fukuoka High Court ruled against the church in February 1996. After the Supreme Court rejected the group’s appeal on September 18, presiding Justice Masao Fujii said in a judicial opinion that the High Court decision, which found the FFWPU’s canvassing tactics illegal, had enough reason to be justified.
Currently, more than 30 suits claiming damages relating to the FFWPU canvassing tactics have been filed across the country, and the Sept. 18 ruling is expected to affect other cases that are pending.
According to the Supreme Court ruling, one of the plaintiffs was coerced to offer 30 million yen to the FFWPU in June 1988 after being told by a member at its Fukuoka branch, “You will suffer from misfortunes because of your ancestral karma.”
In January 1989, the other plaintiff was allegedly told by a member, “The impression of your seal is so bad that misfortunes will come down on you.” She was later persuaded to offer the cult about 2.1 million yen in offerings and as participation fees for seminars organized by the church, the court said.
In May 1990, the two women filed a lawsuit against the FFWPU, seeking 49 million yen in damages. The Fukuoka District Court ruled against the cult and ordered it to pay compensation in May 1994, on the grounds that the FFWPU virtually forced the plaintiffs to offer their assets by confining them in small rooms in a church facility.
The district court decided the Unification Church’s canvassing tactics for offerings were illegal, saying that even though the tactics were based on the teachings of the church, they far exceeded any acceptable social standards. After the Fukuoka High Court upheld the lower court decision in February 1996, the FFWPU appealed to the Supreme Court.
Surprising new facts concerning the Unification Church “Spiritual Sales” fraud
▲ The FFWPU of Japan demanded each family purchase of copy of the Cheon Seong Gyeong book at a cost of $30,000 per book. The book was of Sun Myung Moon’s words. Each book sold in Japan for this price was signed by Sun Myung Moon (see below). This extortion caused a lot of hardship among the members.
Tokyo Sports April 8, 2000
Surprising new facts concerning the Unification Church “Spiritual Sales” fraud
30 million yen per book of Sun Myung Moon’s words
As “a reward for donations” the book was handed over to the members
¥ 1,400,000 to be paid to Hak Ja Han’s church by each Japanese FFWPU family
Time period: October 20 – December 26, 2015
百四十万円 = ¥ 1,400,000 = $11,400 USD for each family that follows Hak Ja Han.
Believers are desperately looking everywhere to borrow or get the money any way they can.
Ex-Unification Church senior official calls donation coercion a serious problem
Sep 3, 2022
The Unification Church acts “clearly against public morality” as it has imposed an unreasonable quota for donations on its churches across Japan, causing many followers to go bankrupt, a former senior official of the religious group has said.
In a rare interview given by a former executive of the group under his real name, Masaue Sakurai, former deputy director of the group’s family education department, said the Unification Church was supposed to promote world peace, but began to emphasize organizational expansion around the 1980s, and its requests for donations grew stronger.
The group, founded in South Korea in 1954 by the late Sun Myung-moon, has been under renewed scrutiny in Japan following the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in early July by the son of a follower.
The Unification Church began stirring controversy in the 1980s with “spiritual sales,” in which people were pressured into buying jars and other items for exorbitant prices by use of threats, including the citing of “ancestral karma.” It also attracted notoriety for mass wedding ceremonies with some Japanese celebrities participating in one held in Seoul in the 1990s.
Sakurai, 48, said his father was a former president of the Unification Church in Japan, now known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, while his mother had been a believer since the late 1950s, even before the group was incorporated as a religious organization in the country.
He worked for roughly 20 years at the group’s Japanese headquarters. Whenever he was asked for advice on family education, he was always confronted with the issue of donations, said Sakurai.
Some followers even donated savings that their children had earned from part-time jobs to put themselves through university.
Sakurai, who declined to be photographed, said he had long felt uncomfortable with the situation but could not speak out for fear of appearing to lack faith.
He also said because of the donation quotas imposed by the headquarters on regional churches, many families had fallen into debt or become bankrupt.
“Many people at the headquarters were aware that the donation issue was a problem,” he said.
His remarks on the group’s pressure on followers to make huge donations match what Tetsuya Yamagami, Abe’s assailant, is said to have told investigators about how his mother’s massive donations, reportedly amounting ¥100 million ($716,000), had ruined his family. Yamagami, who fatally shot Abe, believed that the former prime minister had ties with the group.
Since the July 8 assassination, ties between politicians, especially those of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and the Unification Church, whose founder was a staunch anti-communist, have become the center of social attention.
Reacting to strong public unease over such ties, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday the LDP will require its lawmakers to sever ties with the Unification Church.
Sakurai said that even though he was an executive, he did not belong to the department handling donations and so did not have access to details, such as the percentage of the donation targets achieved by each church.
He also denied any knowledge of details of the Unification Church’s involvement with politics or how the group’s name change was approved in Japan in 2015.
Sakurai became involved in issues related to the followers’ families and the education of second-generation followers at the headquarters in 1998. He was dismissed in 2017 when he objected to the group’s policies.
Prior to giving the interview, he had supplied the press with a document titled “The current situation of the followers and the fundamental problems of the Family Federation.” He agreed to be interviewed because “there are no signs of a change in the nature” of the group.
The Unification Church “must admit the existence of a problem and reform internally,” Sakurai said, adding, “There are many people who want (the group) to change.”
A spokesperson for the group told Kyodo News that it is “inappropriate for someone who has left the organization to talk about it.”
Lawyers: Ex-Unification Church got mil. of dollars despite ‘stricter compliance’
September 16, 2022
An association of lawyers in Japan says the religious group formerly known as the Unification Church received donations worth millions of dollars even after it says it stepped up compliance measures.
The National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales, which provides support to former followers of the group, held a meeting in Tokyo on Friday. About 100 people attended.
The lawyers looked into lawsuits filed by former followers with the help of other lawyers across the country.
They say they found that there were more than 60 cases in which people were coerced into making donations since 2009, when the group says it tightened compliance measures.
The lawyers say a total of 790 million yen, or about 5.5 million dollars, was donated, including the amount paid by people currently in trial.
Lawyer Kawai Yasuo says this shows that the religious group continued to cause trouble even after it declared that it had enhanced its compliance measures.
The lawyers adopted a statement demanding that when the group recruits new members, its reasons for recruitment and its purpose be clarified.
The statement also urges the government to take legislative measures aimed at ordering such groups to disband, and at providing relief to victims.
The religious group, now called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, told NHK that despite continued efforts, there have been several troubles.
It added, however, that many cases have been settled.
Lawyers call on consumer centers to reject FFWPU/UC’s requests for information on its victims
September 6, 2022
A group of lawyers in Japan says a religious group formerly known as the Unification Church is asking consumer centers to provide information on consultations related to the religious group. The lawyers have called on the centers to reject such requests.
The group now called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification is in the spotlight for alleged involvement in a dubious marketing practice known as “spiritual sales.”
The National Network of Lawyers Against Spiritual Sales provides support for former followers of the group. It held a news conference on Tuesday.
Lawyer Kawai Yasuo said people related to the religious group visited local consumer affairs centers and asked officials about consultations over damage it caused.
He said centers in the prefectures of Osaka and Hiroshima, the city of Nagoya and elsewhere have received such requests.
Kawai said the lawyers’ group has asked the National Consumer Affairs Center, a core organization for local consumer centers, to dismiss such requests.
He said the religious group is likely attempting to reduce consultations as much as possible and have in-person negotiations to lower its payment for damage.
The lawyer called on former believers and others related to the damage not to talk directly with the group, but to use the government’s consultation window launched on Monday or other means.
The National Consumer Affairs Center said it does not answer questions about what businesses it was consulted on, and will not disclose contents of consultations even if asked.
The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification said the visits to the consumer centers were aimed at fully cooperating with the government’s policy, and that it also aims to take concrete measures by grasping the overall picture of the damage it caused.
The group added that it is not true that the group is trying to minimize the scale of the damage by gaining information on people who consult the centers.
155 calls on its first day on Monday
Kawai Yasuo: “We assume the group is trying to reduce consultations as much as possible. Please be careful not to meet officials from the former Unification Church in person.”
The motive [of the FFWPU/UC] for contacting the consumer centers is likely to negotiate lower payments for any damages the church has caused.
“Japanese blood is dirty,” Mrs Gil Ja Sa Eu said
Mrs Gil Ja Sa Eu was the wife of Hyo-won Eu who helped to write the Divine Principle.
This happened at the time of the 6,000 couple matching for the Blessing which was held on October 14, 1982 in Korea.
Mrs Oyamada wanted to report about the Blessing in Korea that had just been held. She called a meeting in Osaka for the blessed Japanese members.
The international matchings were being held at the Little Angels School in Seoul, and the mainly Japanese matchings were held at the Sutaek-ri Central Training Center (at Il-hwa) in Guri. Mrs Gil Ja Sa Eu and some older Korean sisters, and some older Japanese sisters such as Mrs Oyamada together with some Japanese IWs (Itinerant Workers) were helping with the matching that Mr. Moon was doing. For example, they explained about illnesses.
When the Japanese members were being matched – either at Sutaek-ri or at the Little Angels School – Mrs Gil Ja Sa Eu said “Because the Japanese have dirty blood, it is very difficult to match the Japanese to Japanese.”
During her talk in Osaka, Mrs Oyamada explained how angry and sad she felt when she heard Mrs Gil Ja Sa Eu say such a thing.
Mrs Oyamada had answered Mrs Gil Ja Sa Eu: “Maybe what you said is true, but as an older sister to us, how could you say such a thing?”
Mrs Oyamada had struggled to bring the number of Japanese members for the blessing that had been asked for. There were more Japanese women than men. So anyway not all the Japanese women could be matched to Japanese men.
Such words about the Japanese were not only said by Korean UC members, but also by Koreans outside the UC.
Sun Myung Moon makes me feel ashamed to be Korean
1. Moon’s first son wrote a letter saying his father was a fraud.
2. Ashamed to be Korean
3. Sun Myung Moon: “Women have twice the sin”
4. “Japanese blood is dirty,” Mrs Gil Ja Sa Eu said
5. Moon’s Divine Principle Theory Applied
6. Sun Myung Moon’s explanation of the Fall of Man is based on his Confucian ideas of lineage, and his belief in shaman sex rituals.
7. The establishment of a worldwide government under Moon
8. Sun Myung Moon in 2012: “There is no Mother”
9. Sun Myung Moon’s words on Hak Ja Han, Justin Kook Jin and Sean Hyung Jin
10. Hak Ja Han married “God” in January 2012. Moon was furious.
11. The Sokcho Incident – the removal of Hyun Jin from the succession
12. In 2018 Hak Ja Han was questioned about the Sokcho Incident