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    Research Documents on Faith-breaking in Japan

    Mr. GOTOSince 1966, More than 4,000 members of the Unification Church of Japan have been illegally confined by their families and “deprogrammers”  in an attempt to make them leave the religion which they, as adults, freely chose to join. Those who escaped their captors report that every case involved the use of force, prison-like conditions, deprival of the right to communicate with the outside world, and an intense effort to pressure the believer to change his or her faith.

    We therefore appeal to the leaders of the United States and the international human rights community to support the campaign for justice. A clear signal must be sent to those who perpetrate these crimes that their behavior will not be tolerated. Japan must adhere to international human-rights standards and live up to its own constitution, which affirms a commitment to protect religious freedom. We invite all concerned citizens and residents of the United States to join us in our petition urging the government to assist in ending these aggregious practices. 

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    The Case of Mr. Goto

    - Toru Goto’s Appeal
    - HSA-UWC Japan’s Appeal
    - Toru Goto’s Profile
    - Toru Goto’s Testimony at NGO

    Toru Goto's Statement to the Tokyo District Court



    Documents on Faith-breaking in Japan

    - Fact Sheet on Forced Conversion in Japan
    - Backgrounder: Deprogramming in Japan

    - Pamphlet: Kidnapping, Confinement, and Forced Conversion
        (cover and back)

    - Pamphlet: Kidnapping, Confinement, and Forced Conversion (body)
    - The Kidnap Ministry by Andrew Colin Davies
    - Thirteen Major Cases In Japan
    - Deprogramming Cases Dismissed in Japan
    - The Rise and Fall of “Deprogramming” In the United States
    - Lee Boothby: "White Paper Report and Call to Action to Uphold Right
        of Thought and Conscience by Forcible Deprogramming"

    - Historical Chart of Religious Deprogramming in Japan
    - List of Activists Involved in Religious Kidnapping & Forced Conversion
    - Kazuhiro Yonemoto: Our Unpleasant Neighbors (translated chapter)
    - Review on Yonemoto’s book
    - National Diet (Japanese Parliament) Inquiry (May 21, 2000)
    - Chris Antal "Forcible Deprogramming, the Japanese State,
        and International Human Rights"

    - Link to Victims Association Web Page
    - Link to
    - Quotes on Faith-breaking and Japan’s FailureTo Protect Human Rights of      Religious Minorities

    University Persecution

    - Is this the University, pursuing the Truth? - 1st in series

    - Is this the University, pursuing the Truth? - 2nd in series

              - Is this the University, pursuing the Truth? - 3rd in series

              - Is this the University, pursuing the Truth? - 4th in series


    Forced De-Conversion Victim Statements - (list)

    - Yumiko Kondo
    - Izumi Sato
    - Masahiro Tsumita
    - Hitomi Matsumori
    - Michiyo Miyakoshi

    - Soichiro Kobayashi
    - Hirohisa Koide
    - Hiroko Tomizawa
    - Kumiko Tojo
    - Toru Goto
    - Tsutomu Tojo
    - Namiko Katagiri


    Additional testimonies (names withheld upon request)

    Statements and Letters

    - Statement of the International Coaliton for Religious Freedom
    - Universal Peace Federation Statement on Japan to the United Nations
    - NCC Statement Complete Version
    - Statement of the Institute of Religion and Public Policy
    - Letter From the University of Denver Center for
        International Human Rights Law and Advocacy

    - ACLC Statement on the Human Rights Violations Against
        Mr. Toru Goto in Japan

    - National Council of Churches "Resolution on
        Deprogramming: Religious Liberty for Young People Too"

    - Letter of Steven Hassan to United Church of Christ in Japan
    - ACLU Statement on Deprogramming and the Law


    - Japanese Media Censor Statement about Human Rights Abuses of      Religious Minorities
    - Human Rights Advocates Call On Japan To Stop
         Religious Persecution and Imprisonment

    - Japanese Ambassador Refuses To Meet U.S. Human Rights Leaders
    - Japanese Police Refuse Aid To Local Captive Held By Family For
           Religious Beliefs

    - Unificationists Expose Crisis of Faith-Breaking in Japan
    - More Than 120 Women Clergy Protest Japan's Ongoing Human Rights
        Violations At The Birthplace Of Religious Freedom

    - Japan Offers No Response On Human Rights Issue
    - Human Rights Leaders Await Word From Japanese Consulate On Meeting
        To Discuss Country's Abuses

    - Now In America: “Stop The Kidnapping In Japan”
    - Letter To The Honorable Shinichi Nishmiya
    - American Civil Rights Leader Dr. Luonne Abram Rouse, United Methodist
        Church Pastor, Decries Human Rights Abuses In Japan

    - Human Rights Victim Recounts Abduction And Torture To Religious

    - Religious Scholars Urged To Investigate Human Rights Violations In

    - Former Secretary General Of Western European Union Says Japan Must
        Show Religious Respect

    - Human Rights Expert Says Japan In “Collusion” With Criminals
    21,000 Rally To Protest Japan's Ongoing Human Rights and Religious 
        Freedom Violations
    - New Website Exposes Japan's Human Rights Violations   
    - Japan Overlooking Human Rights Abuses Claims International Media

    Case Histories

    - The Case Of Mitsuko Ishikawa Antal