• Appealing about Forced De-conversion Issues at the CESNUR International Conference
    Sep. 21, 2010
  • European fact-finding delegation on the issue of abduction and confinement in Japan
    Aug. 12, 2010
  • Interactive Working Session with Japanese Ambassadors for Peace
    Aug. 4, 2010
  • 300 Japanese Unification Church members who live in Korea Held a Press Conference
    Apr. 21, 2010
  • Victims of abduction and confinement submitted their petition to the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea
    Mar. 23, 2010
  • 150 People Marched to Stamp Out Abduction and Confinement
    Feb. 16, 2010
  • Appealing to the public about the abduction and confinement problem during the Snow Festival in Sapporo giving out leaflets and asking for signatures; good response from the public- Feb. 6, 11 (Sapporo)
    Feb. 13, 2010
  • Mr. Goto's article published in the "Zaikai Nippon"
    Feb. 8, 2010
  • The Establishment of the National Victims Group of Abduction, Confinement, and Forced Disavowal of Faith.
    Jan. 14, 2010
  • Mr. Toru Goto 12 City Speaking Tour in Korea and Testimony at the Interreligious Forum
    Jan. 7, 2010

    “Detention Island, Japan – Succession of Kidnapping and Confinement against Unification Church members” is now published. (Edited by Gentaro Kajikuri)

    'Abduction and Confinement' No.1
    Beyond Pain and Despair

    'Abduction and Confinement' No.2
    What Were the Police Doing?

    'Kidnapping and Confinement' No. 3
    - the Evil / Foul Methods of the Anti-Unificationists,

    Chapter 6 "Families torn apart"

    "Our Unpleasant Neighbors"
    Written by Kazuhiro Yonemoto

    A Christian Journal Ran a Book Review of "Warera-no Fukai-na Rinjin (Our Unpleasant Neighbors)"

    Kidnapping, confinement and forced conversion - a modern-day 'Holocaust'!(PDF)
  • Mr. N (25 years old) disappeared from his home in Suginami-Ku Tokyo early in the morning of June 14 and has been missing ever since. He is a youth member of the Unification Church and an OB of Keio University CARP (Collegiate Association of the Research of the Principle). From circumstantial evidence, there is a great possibility that he was kidnapped and is being forcefully confined with the intention to make him renounce his faith and secede from the Unification Church. Since his sudden disappearance, his fiancé Miss Eriko Sugano has been repeatedly requesting the Suginami Police Department to search for and rescue him. Yet, she hasn’t been able to receive appropriate support and hasn’t been able to even gain his whereabouts. Kazuhiro Yonemoto reported Miss Eriko’s pleading on his blog on August 1. Sekainippo (daily news paper) published related articles from August 3 to August 5. I urge you to read these publications. For whatever reason, forcing someone to renounce his/her faith and kidnapping and confining for that purpose is a crime. We cannot let these criminals be on the loose. I call on everybody to support for Mr. N to be released as soon as possible.

    Chairman Toru Goto

    Urgent report - Missing fiancé

    1. “45 days since the disappearance, he may be kidnapped, a couple so much in love”
    2. Biased response / where is his will?
    3. Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, Help me! / Dauntless fiancé
    Toru Goto, head of the Association, appealed to Committee for Inquest of Prosecution

    Following my liberation from abduction and confinement which had lasted 12 years and 5 months, on 10th February 2008 I filed a criminal charge against the individuals who had been involved in the criminal deeds.

    The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office, however, judged "No Prosecution" on my case on 9th December 2009. The decision was unbelievable and I could never accept it. Thus, I have prepared a written petition with my counterarguments against the prosecutor's reasons of no prosecution so as to file it to the Committee for Inquest of Prosecution.

    On 23rd June 2010, thanks to cooperation of many supporters, I could submit the written petition with necessary documents. I hereby express my gratitude to all those who have rendered their assistance and cooperation.

    Toru Goto

    The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
    Goto, Muratovic & Rhodes, "Religious Freedom or Family Dispute?"
    2010 Aug 05

    News report in Korea
    ・Newsis Report
    ・News Cheonji Report 1~3
    ・Break news Report 1~2
    ・Yonhap News Report
    ・Kyeong Hyang Newspaper Report
    ・Segye Ilbo Report
    ・Sunday Seoul Report
    ・The Segye Times: Japan turning a blind eye to Abduction of Religious Persons 1~4


    Revelation after 13 years 1 of 2

    Revelation after 13 years 2 of 2

    Unification Church Kidnappings 1/3

    Unification Church Kidnappings 2/3

    Unification Church Kidnappings 3/3

    Help Is Available
    Help is available for members of the Unification Church who feel they may be in danger of being abducted and held captive, who unfortunately already went through such an experience and are suffering post traumatic stress disorder or other after-effects, or who find that those opposed to our church are making it difficult for you to continue your life of faith or maintain normal interpersonal relationships.

    Send emails to support@kidnapping.jp

    Our association consists of those members of the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (or Unification Church) who experienced the forced conversion through kidnapping and confinement. Aiming at ending such serious human rights violations committed for the past 43 years, we are engaged in disseminating these malicious facts, exposing criminal behaviors of the anti-UC groups and supporting other victims.

    Japan Victims' Association against Religious Kidnapping & Forced Conversion