Street demonstrations in Japan protest kidnappings
April 18, 2010, over 150 members of the Unification Church and supporters of religious freedom marched in Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture, near Japan’s west coast, to publicly accuse a local Japanese minister of complicity in the kidnapping and unlawful confinement of members of the Unification Church in often failed attempts to force them to abandon their faith.
According to the Unification Church Website in Japan, Pastor Masaharu Takayama, the head of the Kurashiki Grace Christian Church, attempted without success to break the faith of a Unification Church member last year. The faith-breaking victim was a young lady from Tottori Prefecture who was kidnapped in the Kurashiki area but who was rescued and returned to the Unification Church.
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