Today's part is the final part of the Goto's statement submitted to the court. I will work on translation of the defendants' counterstatement. You will know what the defendants say in the next post.
- Personal History
- Joining Unification Church (1986)
- First Confinement (Oct 1987 - Nov 1987)
- After Escape from First Confinement
- Second Confinement
(1) Confinement in Niigata (Sep 1995)
(2) Transferred to First Apartment in Tokyo (1997)
(3) Transferred to Second Apartment in Tokyo (Dec 1997)
(4) Miyamura's Deprogramming Work (5) First Hunger Strike – 21 Days (Apr 2004)
(6) Second Hunger Strike – 21 days (May 2005)
(7) Third Hunger Strike – 30 days (Apr 2006)
(8) Release from Prison
- After Hospitalization
- At the End
|The Shinjuku Skyscrapers, which Toru Goto|
saw on the way to the Head Office.
|The intersextion, which|
Toru Goto met a UC member
I could sit cross-legged on a floor. I could not sit (in Japanese way) with my legs tucked under me as I had pains in my ankles. Even now 3 years after the release, I feel a sense of discomfort if I sit in Japanese way. Also after leaving the hospital, I couldn’t get up from the cross-legged position unless my body is supported by my arms touching the floor. I strongly feel that the 12-year-confinement and the damage to my knees by walking on Feb. 10 have affected my physical state even after leaving the hospital.
|Mr. Toru Goto at the hospital|
Photo by Mr Kazuhiro Yonemoto
The next day, Mr. Yonemoto visited the Ogikugo Sunflower Home (the confinement apartment), and also visited Miyamura’s home for an interview. Miyamura came out and Mr. Yonemoto could talk for a short while.
According to Mr. Yonemoto, Miyamura admitted that he visited the confinement apartment to convert me. Also Miymura said to Mr. Yonemoto, “It was because Goto did fasting.” in relating to the malnutrition due to abuses from family members. (Kazuhiro Yonemoto’s statement, dated on Mar.5, 2008) It was Apr.2004 when I started hunger strike. Miyamura’s last visit to me in the apartment was Feb. 2001. It is very clear that Miyamura had constant contact with my family and continued to conspire to confine me.
I would like to ask you to judge fairly, and wish you raise an alarm against the forcible deprogramming practices which are occurring even now carried out by the deprogrammers including Matsunaga or Miyamura. I also wish not only for my personal relief, but these human rights violations in the forcible conversion practices are ceased.
Link to other part of Goto's statement
Goto's Statement Part 1
Goto's Statement Part 2
Goto's Statement Part 3
Goto's Statement Part 4 (First Half)
Goto's Statement Part 4 (Second Half)
Goto's Statement Part 5
Goto's Statement Part 6