A month after the shocking assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the nation's domestic politics seems to be entering into another labyrinth.

Critics have demanded that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party completely cut ties with the Unification Church and its affiliates, while some LDP supporters are quietly calling the ongoing power struggle a kind of 21st-century "witch hunt."

In response on Wednesday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that he will make it a matter of policy for LDP members in parliament to sever ties with the church, officially now known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and instructed the party to investigate any connections its politicians may have with the religious group.