• Kyodo News


The Public Security Intelligence Agency on Friday inspected two Tokyo facilities run by Aum Shinrikyo on suspicion the doomsday cult failed to correctly report its assets.

The two facilities are in Adachi and Setagaya wards.

Aleph, which is the name Aum now goes by, registered itself as the owner of the Adachi facility in March but failed to report its assets as required by the law restricting groups that have conducted mass killings. The law came into force in 1999.

Aum members attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin gas on March 20, 1995, killing 13 people and injuring about 6,300 others, and committed other mass murders in previous years.

The agency had ordered Aum to correct its asset report by the end of May.

The facility in Setagaya houses the offices of Aleph and Hikari no Wa (Circle of Light), which was founded by Fumihiro Joyu, a former Aum spokesman who left Aleph.