The mother of the suspect in the murder of Shinzo Abe was a member of the Unification Church, the church says

TOKYO – The mother of the man arrested in the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was a member of the Unification Church, the Japanese head of the church said Monday.
Tetsuya Yamagamian unemployed 41-year-old, was identified by police as the suspect who approached Abe and opened fire during a campaign speech on Friday, an attack that was caught on video and shocked a nation where gun violence is rare.
Yamagami believed Abe had sponsored a religious group to which his mother made a “large donation,” Kyodo news agency said, citing investigative sources. Yamagami told police his mother was bankrupt from the donation, the Yomiuri newspaper and other media reported.
Tomihiro Tanaka, president of the Japanese branch of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, known as the Unification Church, told reporters at a briefing in Tokyo that Yamagami’s mother is a member of the church.
Tanaka declined to comment on her donations, citing the ongoing police investigation.
Reuters could not determine if the mother belonged to other religious organizations.
Police have confirmed that Yamagami harbored a grudge against a specific organization, but did not name them.
Neither Abe nor the man arrested for his shooting are members of the Church, Tanaka said. Abe is also not an adviser to the church, Tanaka said, adding that the church will cooperate with the police in the investigation if asked to do so.

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