The history of cults in Japan
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- Cult raided
- Mainichi Shimbun, Thursday 25 November
1999. Controversial cult Life Space was hit with nationwide
police raids because of finding a mummified body of a
cultist, and nine children were taken into official
care. Takahashi founded Life Space as a self-enlightenment
group in 1983 in Osaka Prefecture and at its peak from the
late 1980s to early 1990s, the it drew nearly 10,000 people
to its seminars.
- New religious cult under fire for
- Mainichi Shimbun, Tuesday 30 November
1999. Following the furor surrounding AUM Shinrikyo, Ho No
Hana Sanpogyo, is being by people demanding the return of
exorbitant fees they paid to take part in religious rites
that were supposed to relieve them from earthly
- Cult shocker
- Mainichi Shimbun, Saturday 22 January
2000. Leaders of a commune refered to as the Kaeda Cram
School, where the mummified bodies of two children were
found, had the father access to his boy, Junichiro Higashi,
head of the communite told the father that if he left the
child alone, the boy would get better.
- Foot cult bigwigs admit to fraud
- Mainichi Shimbun, Thursday 8 June
2000. Suspects linked to the foot-reading cult admitted to
the group's fraudulent acts. A former senior cult member
said they would heal the diseases of participants.
- Cult to return ‘brainwashed’
- Mainichi Shimbun, Thursday 1 February
2001. Presiding Judge Yukihiro Okahisa ruled that
Kofukukai-Yamagishikai, a cult that operates farming
communes, was acting unfairly in refusing to return assets
to a 52-year-old Yokohama woman after she severed her links
to the organization.
Unification Church (Moonies)
- Once-generous Japanese become disenchanted
with Moon's church
- By Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, Washington
Post, 4 August 1996.
- Widow paid Church $400,000 to end husband's
‘suffering in hell’
- By Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 4 August
1996. Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
AUM Shinrikyo (The AUM Supreme Truth)
- From the Anti-AUM Movement to the Elimination
of all Heterodoxies
- By Kenichi Asano, Professor of Journalism, Doshisha
University, 4 June 2000. A defense of the AUM cult
by marginalizing its terrorist members. Contrasts
persecution of the AUM with the indifference to the
association of the Shinto faith with war crimes.
- Cult Re-emerges With Recruits Thirsting For
- By Suvendrini Kakuchi, IPS, 10 June 1998. Its leader is in
police custody and many of its former members marginalised,
but the religious cult behind the deadly nerve gas attack on
a Tokyo subway three years ago is growing again due to
apathy in Japanese society and the total alienation felt by
many young people here.
- AUM's true colors
- Mainichi Shimbun 30 September 1999. The cult
was supposed to have disbanded as a religious sect, but
about followers have continued as a voluntary
organization. The cult's followers are engaged in
disputes with more than 20 communities whose residents have
called for their eviction. Many local government officials
believe that the cult has not changed its ways.
- Gov't promises to keep eye on
- Mainichi Shimbun Thursday 20 May 1999. The
government will try to relieve people's anxieties about
a possible resurgence by the AUM cult. A group of Diet
members asked that the government take legal measures to
regulate the cult's activities.