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Japan Unification Church head says move to sever lawmakers' ties is disappointing

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TOKYO — It is regrettable, if true, that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has instructed members of the ruling party to cut ties with the Unification Church. Yes, the church said Wednesday.

Tomihiro Tanaka, president of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, told reporters amid protests over the church's ties to some lawmakers. (Reported by Rocky Swift, Andrew・Edited by Heavens)