HOME > NATION > Article

Text Size

small

medium

large


(Update) Education Min. Admits Support from Unification Church

(Update) Education Min. Admits Support from Unification Church

   Tokyo, Feb. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese education minister Masahito Moriyama largely admitted Tuesday that he received a letter of recommendation in connection with an election from an organization linked to the controversial religious group Unification Church.
   "It's not a fact that I sought support" over the 2021 House of Representatives election, he said, however, at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
   Although opposition forces called for the dismissal of Moriyama, who has jurisdiction over religious corporations, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida declined to remove him from his post.
   In its Tuesday morning edition, the major daily Asahi Shimbun ran a story about the suspected election support with a picture of Moriyama holding a letter of recommendation from a Unification Church-related organization.
   "If there is such a picture, I think I received a letter of recommendation," Moriyama told the meeting.

To read a full story, please click here to find out how to subscribe.

NATION

HEADLINES

POLITICS
Okinawa Govt Appeals to Supreme Court over Henoko Base Construction
ECONOMY
Nikkei 225 Soars above 39,000 to Rewrite All-Time Closing High after 3 Decades
SPORTS
Ski Jumping Men: Kasai, 51, to Join World Cup for 1st Time in 4 Seasons
OTHER
1st Court Hearing Held on Govt Request for Unification Church Breakup Order

AFP-JIJI PRESS NEWS JOURNAL


Photos