We appeal to eradicate religious kidnapping and forced conversion against believers of the Unification Church
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Incidents in which members of the Unification Church are abducted and confined. There are the victims who are kidnapped and locked up, and there are the offenders who kidnap and confine. Outwardly, these cases are described as a “family issue”; yet in reality, there is a group masterminding the crimes behind the scenes. First of all, please confirm the facts with direct information.

Voices of Victims

The following are the testimonies of people who have experienced kidnapping and confinement. When, where, by whom and how they were abducted and confined, are given in detail. They describe not only the reality of the circumstances, but the pain of the victims, and plead that such incidents should not occur again.

Voices of knowledgeable people

We have collected statements by members of Parliament, academics, religious leaders and others who, after learning about the facts of such kidnapping and confinement, raised their voices to put an end to this.



Newspapers/ Media Information

We introduce TVs, newspapers and magazines dealing with the issue of kidnapping and confinement.

Flash Report Missing Fiancé

Kidnapping and Confinement Violated Freedom of Faith

Kidnapping and Confinement 2 Violated Freedom of Faith

Sekai Gakusei Shinbun (World Student News) Extra Edition May 15, 1993

Korean News Reports

Korea SBS

View Film


Overseas News Media


We introduce videos related to the issue of religious kidnapping and confinement such as films showing the reality of the hidden religious persecution of today – kidnapping, confinement and forced conversion of 4300 Unification Church members in Japan, including interviews of Mr. Toru Goto who have survived confinement which lasted for 12 years and 5 months. Please listen to the victims’ authentic voice.

Background of the Kidnapping, Confinement and Forcible Conversion Issue

Illegal kidnapping and confinement of members of the Unification Church. Activities to forcibly convert members to leave the Church spread nationwide in the mid-1970s. In the beginning, methods were used to illegally and forcibly hospitalize members in mental institutions; members were made to take medication and injections even though they were not mental patients, and cases in which they suffered from the aftereffects of such treatment occurred frequently even after being discharged from the hospital. However, cases in which the victims were released through legal proceedings, such as appeals for habeas corpus, followed one after another, and after one victim won in a civil trial seeking for damage compensation from a mental hospital director, the method of forcibly hospitalizing someone became less frequently used.

From the mid-1980s, Christian ministers and conversion specialists started to forcibly confine Unification Church members in parish houses or apartment rooms and business hotels, as part of a nationwide, organized scheme. Such incidents did not cease, and from about the 1990s, more than approximately 200 to 300 cases per year began to be reported. The ministers who were involved were mostly from Protestant churches, and they can be classified largely into the evangelist ministers, such as Rev. Takazawa, and ministers of the United Church of Christ in Japan.

Once they are confined, members are not released until they completely renounce their faith in the Unification Church. The period of confinement is usually from about one month to half a year, and in longer cases, it goes beyond one year to even two years. As these are perpetrated behind closed doors, accidents can easily occur, and very abnormal cases took place in succession, such as that of a male Church member (aged 25 then) who attempted to escape from the veranda of a high-rise apartment; he struggled with the person keeping guard over him, fell over the veranda and in spite of being in critical condition, he was not released from confinement (October, 1996, Saga Prefecture, Karatsu City). In another case, a woman member (aged 27 then) who was separated from her husband against her will and confined, attempted suicide and died in a hospital the following day (July 12, 1997, Kyoto City, Kita Ward). Furthermore, even if some were able by some means to escape from long-term confinement, because these members were subjected to extreme states of tension during their ordeal, in some cases being exhorted forcibly and one-sidedly for up to 6, 7 hours a day to renounce their faith, many instances of suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) have been reported even after their escape.

Response of the Police

Until now, the police have taken no necessary measures at all, even if they witnessed these confinement cases, such as to arrest the offender. Even if they got a request for help at the site of a kidnapping and confinement, they ignored the victim, and in an extreme case, the police supported the act of kidnapping and confining, which was a blatantly unlawful behavior on their part. Because of such attitudes taken by the police, deprogramming experts openly proclaimed that, “With regard to Unification Church members, whatever you do is allowed,” spurring the family and relatives of the members further. As a result, the mode of crime committed continued to become more aggravated. Here are some links to groups that are interested in the issue of kidnapping and confinement, and to articles addressing this issue and our activities.

  • Our unpleasant neighbors

    Mr. Kazuhiro Yonemoto, a reporter, documents the truth about PTSD victims as a result of kidnapping and confinement.

    ►Chapter 6 excerpts
  • Escape from kidnappers

    This book reveals the cruel actions of lawyers, pastors, and media people, in their real names.

    ►Book review
  • The Japanese Concentration Camp Islands

    This book is a compilation of booklets, pamphlets and information uploaded on websites.

    ►Book review