Abe Shooter's Mother Donated 100 M. Yen to Unification Church

Society

Tokyo, July 15 (Jiji Press)--The mother of the man suspected of fatally shooting former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week donated about 100 million yen to the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, better known as the Unification Church, the man's uncle told reporters Friday.

The Abe murder suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, has told investigators that his family was financially ruined due to his mother's large donations to the religious group, which he believed Abe had links to.

The mother became a follower of the church in 1991, after her husband's suicide, and at the same time donated 20 million yen to the church, the uncle said, adding that she donated 30 million yen soon afterward and 10 million yen a few years later. All the money came from payments she received from a life insurance policy on her husband, the uncle said.

The mother inherited assets including land plots from her father and sold them to donate an extra 40 million yen to the church, the uncle said.

Meanwhile, the Unification Church has said that the mother joined the group around 1998.

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