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Makoto Hirata, a former Aum Shinrikyo executive serving time in Shizuoka, says he has “no special feelings” about the execution last month of Shoko Asahara, the former head of the now-defunct doomsday cult that carried out the deadly sarin attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995.

“I was lost for words” upon hearing that 12 other former senior Aum members had been hanged, Hirata, 53, said in a prison interview in the city.

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