Science course taught by Unification Church-related group at Osaka college axed

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OSAKA — A steering committee for vacation programs for youngsters at a municipal elementary college in Minoh, Osaka Prefecture, has determined to cancel a science experiment course, after discovering {that a} group affiliated with the Unification Church had been holding it.

The Minoh Municipal Board of Training defined to the Mainichi Shimbun on Aug. 16, “Points surrounding the Unification Church are being highlighted, and it’s not good to proceed a course being supplied by a company that kids and their mother and father really feel uneasy about.”

In accordance with the training board, the elementary college holds about 12 programs a yr for youngsters to spend their holidays in collaboration with a number of volunteer teams. Because the 2005 educational yr, the group in query had supplied a science experiment course that included making sweet and slime.

In August 2021, a submit on social media claimed that the group’s members could be college students belonging to CARP, a pupil group related to the Unification Church, formally often known as the Household Federation for World Peace and Unification. The training board investigated and reportedly discovered that the coed group’s web site had posted a photograph of the course.

The group had utilized to the steering committee, which is made up of college and neighborhood members, underneath a person’s title, and the committee was reportedly unaware that the group was affiliated with the Unification Church till it was identified. No circumstances of kids being inspired to hitch teams related to the spiritual group have been confirmed.

All vacation programs on the elementary college have remained suspended for 2 years because of the coronavirus pandemic. The steering committee is not going to resume the science experiment course and plans to cancel it.

The Unification Church advised the Mainichi Shimbun the coed group in query is “a friendship group, however we aren’t conscious of its actions.”

(Japanese authentic by Sachiko Miyakawa, Osaka Metropolis Information Division)

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