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Mother of Shinzo Abe shooter says she feels sorry for causing trouble for the Unification Church

  • The mother of the suspect involved in the fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apologized for causing trouble for the Unification Church.
  • Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, expressed resentment against the religious group during investigations by the Nara prefectural police.
  • The suspect told investigators that his mother went bankrupt after making large donations to the religious group, eventually ruining his family.
  • Founded in South Korea by Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 1954, the Unification Church developed close ties to the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party, which Abe's grandfather Nobusuke Kishi formed.
  • In Yamagami’s letter, he accused Abe of supporting the church.

The mother of the suspect involved in the fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly feels sorry for causing trouble for the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Unification Church. 

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, who was arrested immediately after he shot Abe from behind on July 8, 2022, expressed resentment against the religious group during investigations by the Nara prefectural police.  

Shinzo Abe’s assassin forced to give up college after mother’s $722,000 donation to Unification Church, says uncle

  • The uncle of Shinzo Abe’s suspected shooter Tetsuya Yamagami stated that Yamagami’s mother had donated approximately 100 million yen ($721,875) to the Unification Church.
  • Yamagami blamed the religious organization for what he described to be its forceful donating practices and blamed it as the cause of his mother’s bankruptcy.
  • He reportedly told police that he targeted the former prime minister due to Abe’s affiliation with the Unification Church.
  • On Friday, the uncle, who is the 77-year-old older brother of Yamagami’s father, shared that Yamagami’s mother also gave the proceeds from the sale of the family’s property and house to the church, as a devoted member.
  • “I believe she was a very important follower of the church. She was under mind control,” the uncle said.
  • The family was thrown into poverty, and Yamagami was forced to give up college due to his family's financial ruin.

The uncle of Shinzo Abe’s suspected shooter Tetsuya Yamagami stated that Yamagami’s mother had donated approximately 100 million yen ($721,875) to the Unification Church, leading to the family’s alleged financial ruin.

Yamagami reportedly told police that he had targeted the former prime minister due to Abe’s affiliation with the Unification Church, which Yamagami blamed for bankrupting his mother due to its forceful donating practices.