The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition submitted a bill to the Diet on Tuesday designed to facilitate redress for victims of Aum Shinrikyo’s alleged crimes.
Only 23 percent of the some 4 billion yen in compensation has been paid by the cult so far.
The bill aims to make it easier for the court-appointed trustee to collect the assets of the bankrupt Aum Shinrikyo and its affiliated companies and groups and use the funds to compensate the victims.
The Tokyo District Court declared the cult bankrupt in March 1996. However, it is believed that some of its financial assets flowed out and were used to maintain the group’s activities through dummy businesses.
Because Aum did not keep records or have bank accounts, the trustee has had difficulty grasping the true scale of the group’s assets.
About 2,100 victims and their families have sued Aum for damages relating to the cult’s alleged crimes, which includes the 1995 sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway.
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