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Monday, April 12, 2010

Religious Freedom, international coaltiion

Japanese Unificationists Believed to Be Resisting Confinement
http://www.foundationforpluralism.com/Articles/Religious_Persecution_in_Japan.asp

Press release follows my note.
One of the most beautiful things religions teach us is living for the sake of others; seriously, when we are concerned about ourselves, and each one of us becomes utterly selfish, and care about ourselves in the moments of our strength, what happens to us in our vulnerable moments?
Religions help us sustain peace and balance in the society in the times of our spiritual, physical and societal ups and downs. Living for the sake of others is not a charity or even a noble thing to brag about; it is indeed the pragmatic thing to do.

There is a joy in doing “good” to others and we have plenty of opportunities every day of our life, we need to be unselfish to serve our selfish interests. Here is an opportunity to support the religiously persecuted in Japan. The least we can do is sign a petition, would you put your name if we present it to you?

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PRESS RELEASE

http://wisdomofreligion.blogspot.com/2010/04/religious-freedom-international.html
Japanese Unificationists Believed to Be Resisting Confinement


Press Contact:
United States: Dan Fefferman: 301-789-1589; dfeff@aol.com
Unification Church in Japan: 03-3467-3181. Yoshio Mitoma; mitoma@uc-japan.org

Japanese Unificationists Believed to Be Resisting Confinement

Courtesy of www,Familyfed.org: http://www.familyfed.org/news/index.php?id=119&page=1&apage=1

It is believed that three young Japanese Unification Church members who went
missing several months ago are enduring psychological harassment after having been confined and held against their will because of their faith, according to Mr. Shunsuke Uotani, a Unification Church member and vice-secretary general of the Universal Peace Federation in Japan. These missing members are Momoyo Yamada (31, kidnapped Sept. 18, 2009), Fusako Tomoda (22, kidnapped Jan. 15, 2010), and Yoshiko Majima (31, kidnapped Feb. 7, 2010).

However, it is believed that professional faithbreakers were successful in persuading Yuko Majima (60, confined since October, 2009), Masako Kudo (35, confined for nearly 2 years), and Takashi Nishikawa (26, confined in August, 2009) to renounce their faith. These persons were reported to be under confinement on www.Familyfed.org on Feb. 2, 2010.

“We have determined that they are not under detention. They indicated that they renounced their faith -- although we do not know whether their statements are true or disguised,” Mr. Uotani tells familyfed.org by email.

Some Unificationists held against their will have pretended to renounce their beliefs in order to escape confinement. Mr. Toru Goto, held by his family for more than 12 years, signed such renunciation letters. Mr. Goto is currently the president of the Japanese Victims' Association Against Religious Kidnapping and Forced Conversion and has spoken out frequently during the last year against the scandal of selective enforcement of the law protecting Japanese citizens from kidnapping. He revealed in 2008 that his family had starved him almost to death during the last year of confinement in an effort to break his will.

Mr. Goto and other victims gave their testimonies to representatives of human-rights organizations meeting at the recently-concluded 13th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, according to Rev. Peter Zoehrer, an official of the Vienna-based Forum for Religious Freedom. Several victims also have been interviewed by U.S. government officials in Japan.

Since 1969 more than 4,300 members of the Unification Church have been kidnapped and confined by misguided relatives and opponents of the church, according to Mr. Dan Fefferman, President of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom. Some of the victims have been beaten, sexually assaulted or tortured while in captivity.

Mr. Goto’s public awareness campaign has motivated his opponents to publish their counter-attack in the April issue of Monthly Times, a Japanese news magazine. In the article, Mr. Yoshifu Arita, an independent journalist, reports his roundtable discussion with three veteran critics of the Unification Church: Prof. Sadao Asami, a professor of religion who also describes himself as a cult expert, Mr. Hiroshi Yamaguchi, a lawyer and Mr. Takashi Miyamura, professional anti-cult activist who attempted to break Mr. Toru Goto. Monthly Times did not contact Mr. Goto or any other Unification Church member for comment. All participants in the discussion deny that kidnapping and confinement of Unificationists takes place as charged by Mr. Goto. Prof. Asami speculates in the article that Mr. Goto falsely claims that he was starved while in confinement, suggesting that Mr. Goto starved himself.

The journal has been denounced by Japanese-speaking residents of the United States who have endured kidnapping and psychological torture at the hands of professional faithbreakers in Japan. Mr. Hiroshi Jimbo, a Japanese member of the Unification Church residing in New Jersey tells familyfed.org that the article is unbalanced and misleading. Mr. Jimbo heads an organization of U.S. residents who survived coercive conversion in Japan and who are demanding that the U.S. government investigate the kidnapping scandal in Japan.

“As the representative of U.S. Victim Association, when I read the article, I was amazed at the attitude of those featured in the Times,” Mr. Jimbo tells Familyfed.org. “They asserted their innocence that there was no evidence of confinement, but it is a fact that I and many of my fellow Unificationists have experienced the physical confinement where the only exit is to give up the faith and surrender,” he added.

Mr. Jimbo continued: “Inside the closed room, abuse and assault are taking place, even there are cases of harassment or rape., Some of victims suffer Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Some ended up committing suicide. The promoters of this coercion need to hide such matters, which is why they made this article,” he commented.

Dan Fefferman, President, ICRF
7245 Hanover Parkway, Suite A
Greenbelt, MD 20770-3607
Email: dfeff@aol.com
www.religiousfreedom.com

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    Not all of them.

    Why do you ignore the history? Why don't you mention that the Unification Church has been found guilty of swindling hundreds of millions of dollars in Japan, targeting widows, WIDOWS! with their dishonest scams?

    There are over 30,000 claims against the UC that total over a billion dollars. Maybe if the UC wasn't such a dishonest, deceptive and manipulative organization, people wouldn't feel the need to find a way to free their loved ones from the group.

    The Universal Peace Federation is simply another front group of the Unification Church. When someone throws that name out like it is some great group of people who are involved in this, fact is, it is just another front of Moon's. Hyung Jin has admitted that all fronts INCUDING the UPF have only one purpose - to promote Moon as the messiah.

    Read how not only are the widows in Japan victims of this movement, but how the people who the UC recruits to pull off the scams are victims also. Read how the scams work. The UC doesn't care, they have been doing this for decades. It is how they fund churches including in Korea which can't stand on its own feet(until recently now they 'claim" the Korean church can stand alone) projects like the UPF and the Washington Times. More arrests last year and the head of the UC in Japan resigned to try take some of the heat off of them.

    Read how the scams work:

    http://tinyurl.com/39ejt

    Hyung Jin, when he is not talking about how Jesus and Muhammad bow before Sun Myung Moon, said recently that the UC has "totally dehumanized" the Japanese. With crocodile tears he said he has been with UC members as they make fun of the Japanese.

    No one should be held against their will but this whole campaign which Hyung says they will use as a recruiting tool, is just another Moon org PR con. Yes, Hyung Jin proudly states they will use this story as a recruiting tool. The UC - ask Fefferman - and even Moon's UPI, have reported these instances are very rare today.

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  2. You should also point out that the Coalition for Religious Freedom is a Moon front group. By not doing so you are misleading people which is par for the Moon course. Fefferman is a long time follower of Moon's.

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