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Here is an article about cults in Japan. Quote: "New forms of… 
30th-Aug-2006 10:11 pm
Dilbert
Here is an article about cults in Japan. Quote:

"New forms of religion in Japan still continue to be good business for many who are smart enough to see in religious practices a vary lucrative source of earning easy money through the exploitation people's blind faith.

A new sect that has been in the media limelight in recent days in Japan is known as Setsuri. ... it is now known that the founder of the sect, the 61-year-old Korean, Jung Myung Seok, is in the Interpol wanted list for his alleged sexual assaults on female followers in South Korea. Japanese media have reported that even before he was put on the wanted list, Jung visited Japan frequently and was suspected of sexual violence against many Japanese female students who were attracted to the cult through its tactful recruitment campaign."
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31st-Aug-2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Some more excerpts reveal that Jung is an "off-shoot" of Moon who has kept basically the same practices of Moonism, such as arranged marriage and using front groups for recruitment. I've also heard that Moon gets most of his money from his victims in Japan.

"Jung founded the Setsuri cult around 1980 after breaking away from the Unification Church led by Sun Myung Moon. The Guru coerced more than 300 Japanese members to wed in mass ceremonies modeled on Unification Church. Former cult members now say the founder would interview perspective brides and sometime sexually assault them. Between the year 2000 and last spring, Setsuri organized five mass weddings. A group of lawyers trying to help Japanese members leave the sect has filed a criminal complaint against three of cult's main figures and they say they would also seek to hold the founder criminally liable for his alleged rapes.

"It is quite surprising that most of those who were attracted to the cult are serious-minded young people who feel alienated from their families and educational institutions and wish to change their lives. As a result, it seems that the business minded religious Gurus are well aware of the underlying problems of a given society and they tactfully maneuver in such troubled waters to recruit their followers. Setsuri, for example, approached students under the guise of sports or cultural circle.
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31st-Aug-2006 11:38 am (UTC)
I just asked myself how it is possible to make an "off-shoot" of Moon when Moon himself is the sole content of that "religion" (the Messiah). Is Jung now the Messiah of Setsuri? Or does it play no role anyway, i.e. he concentrates solely on the business, marriages, front groups etc. because in Japan people are not really interested in the religious content of the group anyway?
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