Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has ordered an inquiry into the Unification Church, a religious group that has come under the spotlight after the assassination of former leader, Shinzo Abe.
The man accused of killing him said the church had bankrupted his mother while blaming Mr. Abe for allegedly promoting it.
Reports say, scrutiny of the religious sect in the weeks following revealed it had ties with many government lawmakers.
The scandal forced Mr. Kishida to apologise for those links and concede to holding a government investigation into the church, after previously resisting calls for such a probe.
He said he was taking seriously accusations the church had ruined families and exploited its followers for money.