The Tokyo District Court on Monday ordered top leaders of Honohana Sampogyo to pay 150 million yen in damages to 31 people who accused the cult of conning them into contributing huge sums of money in the name of religious training.

In handing down his decision, presiding Judge Koichi Tsukuda upheld the plaintiffs’ claim that the cult members, including founder Hogen Fukunaga, 55, coerced the victims into giving the money to the cult between 1992 and 1996 by fueling anxieties about their health.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.