The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 25th, 2023 day edition

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TOKYO - New health ministry guidelines in Japan will classify as abuse any acts by members of religious groups who threaten or force their children to participate in religious activities, or that hinder a child’s career path based on religious doctrine.

The controversial Unification Church came to attention in 2022 after former prime minister Shinzo Abe was fatally shot by a man with longstanding grudges against the religious group.

Children of religious groups’ followers have criticised the authorities’ handling of this issue in the past.

In October, the ministry told local governments not to make perfunctory responses simply because a problem is religious in nature.

According to the sources, the envisaged guidelines will be in a question-and-answer format and will specify what faith-based acts against children fall under the categories of abuse as stipulated in the Child Abuse Prevention Law.

In addition, there are concerns that giving advice to parents may cause the abuse to escalate and bring increased pressure from religious groups on the families.

Guidelines already exist for child consultation centres on how to respond to abuse, but this will be the first time that they are devised specifically for children of religious followers. »

Montana transgender lawmaker silenced for third day; protesters interrupt House proceedings

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Supporters were escorted from the gallery above the state House floor, including several by force.

"She's been silenced because she spoke the truth about what these anti-trans bills are doing in Montana, to trans youth especially," she said.

Months after Zephyr became the first openly transgender woman elected to the Montana Legislature, the state joined a list of legislatures in passing new restrictions on transgender kids. »

A message from Guerrilla studio management

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After almost an incredible 20 years at Guerrilla, our Studio Director and Executive Producer Angie Smets is starting a new role as Head of Development Strategy at PlayStation Studios!.

"These past two decades at Guerrilla have been an absolute dream.

We have accomplished so much as a team, and I'm incredibly proud of all the games we've shipped together. »