Japan govt. requests court order to dissolve former Unification Church

Japan's education and culture ministry has requested the Tokyo District Court to issue an order to dissolve a religious group formerly known as the Unification Church.

The ministry on Friday submitted about 5,000 pieces of evidence collected by questioning the group and other means.

This is the third case for an administrative body to seek the dissolution of a religious group for violating the law. Previous cases included the Aum Shinrikyo cult in 1995.

The latest request is the first case based on violation of civil law. The court will hear arguments from the ministry and the group before making a decision on the dissolution order.