- POLITICS & GOVERNMENT
Govt to strengthen measures against spiritual sales tactics
16:16 JST, November 5, 2022
The government intends to strengthen measures against so-called spiritual sales tactics, in response to problems linked to the Unification Church, according to sources.
The government plans to include in its second supplementary budget for fiscal 2022 funding for such measures as providing financial assistance to local governments to combat such tactics, which have been used by the Unification Church, formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, as well as improving services of the National Consumer Affairs Center, the sources said.
Specifically, ¥500 million will be allocated as a special subsidy to fully fund measures by local governments to fight malicious business practices, including spiritual sales tactics that involve preying on people’s fears to cajole them into buying items at exorbitant prices.
The government also intends to extend the search period for information on consultation cases on PIO-NET, an information network linking the National Consumer Affairs Center and local government consumer affairs entities.
Another envisaged measure is to conduct online training for consumer affairs counselors regarding spiritual sales tactics in order to reinforce the consultation system.
To prevent damage from spiritual sales, the government will aim to enhance consumer education by creating educational materials and videos to raise awareness, according to the sources.
"POLITICS" POPULAR ARTICLE
Japan, U.S., S. Korea to Start Real-Time Missile Info Sharing
Taiwan’s Semiconductor Giants Build Overseas Amid Global Demand, Local Labor Shortage
Govt Issues Emergency Warning Following N. Korea’s Missile Launch (Update 1)
Japan Provides Ukraine with Landmine Detectors, Vehicles
Xi Sends Condolence Letter to Kishida on Death of Soka Gakkai’s Daisaku Ikeda
JN ACCESS RANKING
- Exports of Nishikigoi Carp to China Halted; Permits for Japanese Aquaculture Facilities By China Have Expired
- Japan April-Sept. Current Account Surplus Hits Record High
- Japan 2023 Food Exports Reach 1 Tril. Yen at Record Pace
- 69.7 Bil. Yen in COVID-19 Loans to Small Businesses Uncollectible
- AI-generated Child Porn Floods Japan-based Website (Update 1)