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The little known religion exercising enormous political power in Japan

August 25th, 2009 . by Matt

Not many people outside Japan, but there is a religion in Japan that exercises political power in Japan through it’s political party ‘Koumeito‘, which is a coalition partner of the current governing party, the LDP (indeed, most people don’t even know the LDP has a coalition government). Although religious parties are unconstitutional under Japanese law, Koumeito claims they are independent of Souka Gakkai, the religious group that many say controls it.

This Japanese member of the diet says that there is no Koumeito if you take away Souka Gakkai. Quite interesting, if you understand Japanese.

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