Japan PM Kishida apologises for party members’ ties with Unification Church

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo in October, 2021

TOKYO, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday that politicians had a duty of being cautious about their ties with various organisations and apologised for his party members’ reported activities with the controversial Unification Church.

“As head of the party, I offer my sincere apologies,” he told a news conference – his first in person upon emerging from COVID-19-imposed quarantine on Wednesday.