Suspect, Tetsuya yamagamiAbe was arrested shortly after he was allegedly shot from behind while the former leader was giving a campaign speech outside a busy railway station in western Japan on July 8.
The Nara District Court said it had allowed district prosecutors to detain the suspect for psychiatric examination until November 29, when they must decide whether to file formal charges. His current detention was to end at the end of this month.
Yamagami, 41, has told police that he killed Abe because of his ties to a religious group he hated. His purported statements and other evidence suggest that he was distressed because his mother’s massive donation to the Unification Church had bankrupted the family.
Abe’s murder has shed light on the decades-long dubious relationship between him and his party’s Orthodox Church.
Members of the country’s main opposition, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, met on Monday and confirmed plans to investigate whether the church had overruled the Liberal Democratic Party’s objections to legal changes to same-sex marriage or different surnames to married couples. Influenced how to allow keeping. ,
The party also said it would investigate whether the new government unit for children, which will be launched next spring, added “families” as part of its agency’s name due to pressure from the church.
The church was founded in Seoul in 1954, a year after the end of the Korean War, by the late Rev. sun myung moonSelf-proclaimed Messiah whose teachings are supported by new interpretations of the Bible and by conservative, family-oriented value systems and strong anti-communism.
Abe praised the group’s work towards peace in his video message to the Church’s affiliate, the Universal Peace Foundation, in September 2021. Korean Peninsula and its focus on family values.
Relations between the church and Japan’s governing party go back to Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, who served as prime minister and shared concerns with Washington over the spread of communism in Japan in the 1960s.