Jan 24, 2015

Surveillance of Aum successor cults extended three more years

The Public Security Examination Commission says that two spinoffs of Aum Shinrikyo, the doomsday cult that carried out the deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, will remain under surveillance for three more years starting Feb. 1. The three-year extension ...

Jan 12, 2015

Victims of Tokyo sarin attack recall that day of horror

Friday’s planned start of another Aum Shinrikyo trial will cast renewed attention on the legacy of the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway nearly 20 years ago. Victims have been speaking in recent interviews about the impact the attack had on their lives ...

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 ...