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The widow of a subway station worker killed in Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin attacks on the Tokyo subway system in 1995 applied Thursday for benefits, as a law authorizing the government to compensate victims of the cult’s crimes went into force the same day.

Shizue Takahashi, 61, made the application at the Metropolitan Police Agency, becoming the first person to do so under the law enacted earlier this year to provide benefits to the victims and relatives of those killed in eight crimes Aum committed.

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