(Minghui.org) On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ordered the persecution of Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual discipline with the core tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.

According to available data from Minghui.org, as of July 21, 2022, 4,828 practitioners were confirmed to have died as a result of the persecution. However, due to the CCP’s strict information censorship, the actual death toll, especially the killing of practitioners for their organs, is expected to be much higher.

Since the onset of the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners outside of China have been holding various activities in July every year to raise awareness about the persecution and express their support for their counterparts in China.

This year, eleven former and current elected officials in Japan expressed their support for Falun Gong practitioners and condemned the persecution. They called on the general public in Japan to pay more attention to the issue and vowed to work with practitioners in ending the persecution soon. Below are excerpts from their statements.

Takao Miida, member of the Liberal Democratic Party, said that Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party and have been resisting the persecution for twenty-three years. In his capacity, he has been working with practitioners in Japan in counteracting the persecution. He called on more Japanese people and people around the world to learn the facts about the persecution. He also vowed to continue fighting side by side with the practitioners against the communist regime’s tyranny.

Takao Miida, member of the Liberal Democratic Party.