Dec 1, 2014

Aum's successors remain 'dangerous,' intel agency says

The Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and a splinter group might remain under surveillance for at least the next three years, the Public Security Intelligence Agency said Monday. It filed a request with the Public Security Examination Commission to extend the surveillance period after the ...

Aum splinter group raided over unregistered travel agency

Aug 6, 2014

Aum splinter group raided over unregistered travel agency

Police on Wednesday searched eight offices and facilities related to the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s splinter group for allegedly running a travel agency without proper registration. Investigative sources said the group, called Hikari no Wa (The Circle of Rainbow Light), is suspected of planning and ...

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

Jun 21, 2014

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

by Paul Murphy

It’s been 20 years since mass murderers came to Toshie Koibuchi’s tiny street. It was the night of June 27, 1994. She was then 50, a housewife living with her husband and mother in a slightly upmarket residential area of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Koibuchi ...

Former Aum member denies being bomber

May 30, 2014

Former Aum member denies being bomber

by Tomohiro Osaki

Former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Naoko Kikuchi said Friday she had no idea that cult superiors had roped her into a plot to build and send a parcel bomb to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in 1995. Kikuchi, 42, is pleading not guilty to charges ...

Taking a walk down felony lane

| Apr 5, 2014

Taking a walk down felony lane

by Mark Schreiber

As part of the commemoration of the 140th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police Department, monthly magazine Bungei Shunju polled some 50,000 active-duty policemen on the 100 most significant crimes, incidents and disasters since 1874. The magazine received approximately 45,000 responses, and published the results ...