Fill PSC post, protest group demands

A civic group opposing the expected invocation of the Antisubversive Activities Law against Aum Shinrikyo demanded Jan. 6 that the Public Security Commission appoint a new commission member to fill the post of a member who died last month.Joichi Aoi, a commission member and vice chairman of the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren), died Dec. 28 of a heart attack. The seven-member commission, an extra-ministerial board of the Justice Ministry, is expected to decide soon whether to outlaw the cult under the law.The group is comprised of 83 individuals and consumer groups, religious organizations and labor unions. It said in a Tokyo news conference that one member’s absence could sway the results of the commission’s examination.