Hiroyuki Nishimura, 45, aka “Hiroyuki,” an entrepreneur and founder of the online bulletin board “2channel,” updated his Twitter page on March 19. He responded to an article titled “‘Former Unification Church issue, Abe faction targeted’ by Shioya, deputy chairman of the Abe faction,” and expressed his personal opinion.
On the same day, Hiroyuki responded to former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Ryu Shionoya (72) comment at an LDP Abe Faction workshop that “In the issue of the former Unification Church (Family Federation for World Peace and Unification), we are really being targeted, and everyone is enduring the situation without disturbing our unity, including grief, pain, and discomfort. He quoted an article in the Asahi Shimbun Digital that reported, “The LDP is in a victim mode of enduring, with no intention of resolving the Unification Church issue.” He expressed his personal opinion.
The Abe faction (Seiwa-kai), which reigns as the largest faction of the LDP, is said to have the closest relationship with the former Unification Church, with Koichi Hagiuda, 58, chairman of the policy research council, being mentioned on wide shows every day, Shinsuke Suematsu, 66, minister of education and science, having party tickets purchased, and Nobuo Kishi, 63, former defense minister, having received help in the election.
Former Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, 63, has admitted to having received cooperation in the election. Former Education Minister Hirofumi Shimomura, 68, received donations and also attracted attention as the minister in charge of the former Unification Church when it changed its name. Yoshiyuki Inoue, 59, a member of the upper house of the Diet, is an endorsed member of the Unification Church and is also known to have a so-called “close relationship” with the church.