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Unification Church Fined for Non-Compliance in Tokyo District Court

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The Tokyo District Court recently imposed a fine on the Unification Church for failing to comply with a government investigation, citing the right to question a religious organization under the Religious Corporation Law when legal violations are suspected. This probe, initiated by the education ministry, highlighted the importance of organizations providing accurate and timely reports in response to legal inquiries.

The court's decision marked a significant legal judgment regarding the ministry's authority to investigate religious corporations and emphasized the consequences of violating laws and regulations. It noted that the consideration of civil wrongs and harmful acts against others can lead to organizational disbandment, underscoring the gravity of legal violations within religious institutions. The court's detailed examination of the Unification Church's activities and its impact on victims, totaling over 1.5 billion yen in damages, showcased the severity of the organization's non-compliance with the ministry's investigation.

Although the court acknowledged the necessity for religious institutions to respond to inquiries and dispel suspicions about their activities, it also emphasized the need to balance government intervention and religious freedom. The decision outlined the boundaries for punishment regarding non-compliance issues while stressing the importance of a rigorous review process for issuing dissolution orders against religious organizations. Ultimately, the ruling underscored the delicate balance between government oversight and safeguarding the rights of religious organizations and their followers.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09