Aum Shinrikyo has regained its organizational strength and expanded its activities since it was spared disbandment in January under the Antisubversive Activities Law, the Public Security Investigation Agency said August 26.

The agency, a department of the Justice Ministry, announced the findings of its surveillance operation August 26 and said the religious group has established 10 new “departments,” including those for sect’s accounting, publishing and computer shop business. The cult has also reopened five regional chapters and one training center since the Public Security Commission decided not to invoke the law against it in January, officials said. The cult now has 26 facilities nationwide, with about 500 live-in followers and some 5,000 others living on their own, they said.

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