The Action Committee against Abduction and Confinement
Feb. 16, 2010

150 People Marched to Stamp Out Abduction and Confinement

- In Ogikubo, Tokyo where it first started - Feb. 14

The "Tokyo Victims Group of Abduction, Confinement and Forced Disavowal" demonstrated a march in opposition to abduction and confinement, in the Ogikubo, Suginami Ward, Tokyo area on February 14th. Approximately 150 people, including the victims of abduction and confinement, left the Suginami Church and marched for about an hour along the Ome Kaido, a road passing in front of the Ogikubo Police Station and the Ogikubo Train Station.

The late Pastor Satoshi Moriyama, who came up with the idea of abduction, confinement and forced disavowal towards Unificationist members, was the Pastor of Ogikubo Eiko Church located in Ogikubo, Suginami Ward. Therefore, this area is where it all started, and Mr. Toru Goto was also confined in the Ogikubo area and Niigata for 12 years and 5 months from Sept.11, 1995 to Feb. 10, 2008. Mr. Shun Miyamura, one of the masterminds of Mr. Goto’s confinement case, manages a company in the vicinity of Ogikubo as well.

The demonstratio was led by a police car, and the participants holding their banners and placards, cried out with the representatives; "No more abduction and confinement!", "No more violation of human rights!" After the march, Mr. Toru Goto and other members distributed fliers protesting abduction and confinement in front of the Ogikubo Station, stirring interest in some passers-by who stopped to talk to them.

From the Action Committee
Ms. "H", a resident in Korea and a past victim of abduction and confinement, received a call informing her that her father had cancer and they wanted her to come home. Ms. "H" wanted to fly home immediately but was afraid they might try to confine her again. The assistant pastor of the Church near her parents’ home, visited them in place of her. We would like to further develop a support system like this for those wives married to Korean husbands who are still insecure about returning home.

Japan Victims' Association against Religious Kidnapping & Forced Conversion