At around 11:30 a.m. local time on April 15, 2023, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had just finished his inspection tour at Zagazaki Fishing Port in Wakayama City, the capital of Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. A campaign speech by a Liberal Democratic Party candidate for a local election.
At this moment, a young man present suddenly threw a silver tube. About 50 seconds later, the tube exploded, causing commotion at the scene.
It is not difficult to guess that this “attack” came for the prime minister—fortunately, Fumio Kishida was not injured, and under the protection of security personnel, he evacuated the scene urgently. Interestingly, on the afternoon of the incident, Fumio Kishida returned to Wakayama Station to give a street speech as if nothing had happened. He seemed to be practicing Nietzsche’s famous “philosophy of life”: what doesn’t kill me must make me stronger.
This is more like a “philosophy of fate”: Fumio Kishida and his predecessor have experienced the same type of events, but completely different results. In many cases, it may be due to fate. In fact, in Japanese history, there are not a few prime ministers or political leaders who were killed by attacks.
Desperate and ruined
Abe’s death is a recent example.
Less than a year before the attack on Fumio Kishida, on July 8, 2022, also at 11:30 a.m. local time, Shinzo Abe, a former member of the House of Representatives and former Prime Minister of Japan, was at Kinki Nippon Railway Yamato Saidaiji Temple. During a street speech near the station, he was shot down from behind by the gunman and shot in the chest and neck. He died at 5:3 pm on the same day at the age of 67.
The suspect in the assassination of Shinzo Abe, Tetsuya Yamagami, served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and had no criminal record before the assassination of Abe. The first shot in his life was fired at the president, and it turned out to be for his mother.
In 1984, when Shan Shang was 5 years old, his father, who ran a construction company, committed suicide by jumping off a building, and his elder brother was seriously ill. A few years later, my mother began to participate in the activities of a Japanese religious group “Unification Church”, and continued to donate money, donating up to 100 million yen (about 5.06 million yuan).
In the process, Shan Shang gradually became depressed, and was even sent to a mental hospital twice for treatment. But this did not cause the mother to reflect and change.
The first shot in his life was fired at the president, and it turned out to be for his mother.
On April 15, 2023, the man who attacked Fumio Kishida was arrested
On July 8, 2022, Tetsuya Yamagami (right), the man who shot Shinzo Abe
When Yamagami was 22 years old, he joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. At this time, his mother had declared bankruptcy. But the scary thing is that she is still trying her best to donate money. Shan Shang had the idea of committing suicide. He bought an insurance policy for his brother and tried to commit suicide, but failed. A year later, the brother on the mountain committed suicide.
The disintegration of the family made Shan Shang completely disappointed with his mother, and his hatred for the Unification Church reached the extreme. In 2019, Shan Shang tried to assassinate Han Hezi, the leader of the Unification Church who was visiting Japan, but ended in vain. Until 2021, after seeing Abe speak out for the Unification Church many times, he finally decided to aim his gun at Abe.
South Korea’s “cult” is making waves in Japan
What is Unification Church? Why did the mother on the mountain get caught up in it and go bankrupt, and how did the Japanese prime minister stand for her?
First of all, this is not an “orthodox” religion. In other words, it could be a “cult” or “heresy”. In a general cultural sense, accusations of “cult” are often related to religious persecution or the implementation of behaviors that endanger society; while “heretical” refers to ideas that are different from orthodox or mainstream.
In the distorted theory of the Unification Church, the human world is the home ground of Satan, and all evil thoughts and desires of people are hindered by Satan. Because money is one of the greatest obsessions of man, to defeat Satan, money must be handed over to the kingdom of God and to the “savior” for management and purification. And who is the incarnation of the kingdom of God and the “savior”? Naturally, it is the Unification Church and its leader Wen Mingming. And this is also the reason why Tetsuya Yamagami’s mother donated money again and again.
It is precisely because of thousands of “mothers on the mountain” that the Unification Church has achieved strong economic strength, which supports its expansion into real estate, fishery, medical care, arms and other fields. According to the “Washington Post” report in the early years, the Unification Church in the 1980s had an annual income of hundreds of millions of dollars, and the value of real estate owned worldwide was conservatively estimated to exceed 2 billion dollars.
On November 7, 2022, the headquarters of the World Peace and Unification Family Federation (formerly known as the Unification Church) in Tokyo
However, why can a local “cult” in South Korea be so powerful in Japan? In addition to brainwashing skills and economic strength, of course political power is also inseparable.
For a long time, Shinzo Abe’s father, Shintaro Abe, and his grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, have maintained cooperative relations with the Unification Church. Since Nobusuke Kishi led the Liberal Democratic Party in 1957, he has been supporting the spread of the Unification Church in Japan, and the Unification Church has also become the electoral base of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Since Japanese law imposes strict restrictions on preventing public propaganda activities by political groups, for the Liberal Democratic Party, the contribution of the Unification Church to believers in canvassing votes within the church is particularly important. This is why Shinzo Abe is a high-profile platform for the Unification Church.
As early as 2006, Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message to the “Universal Peace Federation” (UPF) founded by Moon Myung and his wife Han Hezi in 2005; In a video speech, he praised Han Hezi for his efforts to promote the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula—these high-profile exposures were all seen by Toru Yamagami, who hated the reunification religion.
What’s more interesting is that in the first few days after Abe was assassinated, the mainstream Japanese media tried their best to avoid reporting or naming the Unification Church until the Unification Church held its own press conference, denying that the Abe family had a close relationship with the church. These three words only dare to be raptured.
Readers may ask, why didn’t Yamashita’s mother realize that this was making money? Why did the Japanese head of state win over “evil forces”?
The motivation linked to “spiritual power” and “political power” is one of the most complicated and simple motivations in the world: people either fear God, or want to be “God”, and thus fall into Faith trap.
The military repeatedly plots to assassinate
In addition to Abe, in Japanese history, many prime ministers were also killed by assassination.
From 1888 to 1900, Ito Hirobumi, who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Japan, played an important role in the Meiji Restoration period. When he was young, he went to England to study, and after returning to China, he strongly advocated the Westernization policy of Japan. During his tenure as prime minister, he planned to attack China in the Sino-Japanese War, pushed Japan into one of the world powers recognized by Europe and the United States, and began to implement imperialism for global expansion.
In order to deal with the affairs of the Korean Peninsula, on October 26, 1909, Ito Hirobumi arrived at Harbin Railway Station in a special car, preparing to negotiate with Tsarist Russia. The then Prime Minister of Tsarist Russia, Kokovtsov, also greeted him personally. While reviewing the welcome team, Hirobumi Ito was shot and assassinated by North Korean patriot Ahn Jung-geun. He was shot in the chest and abdomen by three consecutive bullets, and died of serious injuries on the spot.
On October 26, 1909, Ito Hirobumi was shot and assassinated by Korean patriot Ahn Jung-geun. The picture shows the simulated painting of the scene
Takahashi Tekiyoshi was the 20th Prime Minister of Japan. He actively advocated Japan’s external expansion, and at the same time promoted Takahashi’s finances, known as “Japan’s Keynes”, in order to promote Japan’s foreign aggression. Later, when he was the Minister of Finance, in order to solve Japan’s financial problems, he opposed increasing fiscal expenditures for military expansion, so he was hated by the Army. In 1936, the February 26 Incident occurred, and Takahashi was assassinated and killed by rebel soldiers on the second floor of his house.
In 1929, Hamaguchi became the 27th Prime Minister of Japan. He was born in the public service system, and was named “Lion Prime Minister” because of his tough political style. During his reign, he promoted the restoration of the gold standard policy and signed the “London Naval Treaty”, which caused dissatisfaction among the right wing. On November 14, 1930, Yuyuki Hamaguchi was shot and seriously injured by right-wing members at Tokyo Station. After being injured, he was still asked to go to the parliament for questioning. On April 4, 1931, he was admitted to the hospital again for an operation. On August 26, he died of serious injuries due to bacterial infection, at the age of 61.
Inukai Takeshi used to be a newspaper reporter, and he joined the army to cover international wars. After being elected as a member of parliament in 1890, he actively engaged in politics. In 1913, during the first constitutional protection movement, he overthrew the then cabinet. . In 1931, Inukai Takeshi was appointed to form a cabinet and became the 29th Prime Minister of Japan. Since Japan was in the Great Depression at the time and faced internal and external troubles, Takeshi Inukai cut military spending in order to calm Japan’s financial difficulties, thus offending the military. On May 15, 1932, a group of militant navy soldiers attacked the Prime Minister’s residence after plotting, and shot and killed Inukai Rantake at the age of 77.
Saito was originally a Japanese military officer and served as admiral of the navy. In 1932, he succeeded the assassinated Inukai Takeshi as the 30th Prime Minister of Japan. After resigning as Prime Minister, when Mitsumi Saito was Minister of the Interior, because he advocated compliance with the “Washington Naval Treaty”, he was regarded by the radicals as a “status quo factionist” of conservative forces. Opponents killed.
The position of the “head” often means power, responsibility, but also controversy and risk. It is often impossible to sit high on the top position and remain neutral and silent. Actions with “inclinations” also mean challenges to opposing voices.
After Fumio Kishida was assassinated, he was still able to speak calmly, which may be considered a blessing among misfortunes. After all, who knows the exact number of years of life? So is the king.