Hirata and Saito: love on the run

Jan 18, 2014

Hirata and Saito: love on the run

by Jun Hongo

The trial of Makoto Hirata, which commenced Thursday, is expected to reveal a number of new facts about the former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive, but of most interest to investigators will be how he managed to stay hidden for so long. Unlike the two Aum ...

The New Year's prank that was anything but

Jan 18, 2014

The New Year's prank that was anything but

by Jun Hongo

Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Makoto Hirata’s final day of freedom was nothing short of embarrassing for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Not that Hirata had expected it to turn out that way; as far as he was concerned, he was simply turning himself in after ...