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Japan’s Kishida Orders Probe of Church as Support Slides

  • Religious group’s ties to ruling party hurting voter support
  • Scandal emerged after Abe killer cited grudge against church
Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered a probe into the fringe church whose extensive links to the ruling party have been exposed since the killing of Shinzo Abe, undermining support for the government.

The education ministry will lead the inquiry into the Unification Church, Kishida told a parliamentary committee Monday, adding that he had asked Education Minister Keiko Nagaoka to start quickly.