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AUM SHINRIKYO

Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jun 21, 2014
The man accused of poisoning Matsumoto's civilians
It is difficult to fathom that a religious group might be behind a poison gas attack on hundreds of civilians. More likely, logic suggests, it would either be the result of a terrible accident or the work of a deranged individual. When confronted with such a scenario in Matsumoto in 1994, the Nagano...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 9, 2014
Seven years sought for Aum's Kikuchi over parcel bombing
Prosecutors demand a seven-year term for former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Naoko Kikuchi for her role the 1995 parcel bomb attack on Tokyo City Hall.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 30, 2014
Former Aum member denies being bomber
Former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Naoko Kikuchi said Friday she had no idea that cult superiors had roped her into a plot to build and send a parcel bomb to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in 1995.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 8, 2014
Ex-Aum cultist pleads not guilty
Former Aum Shinrikyo cultist Naoko Kikuchi pleads not guilty to attempted murder for her role in the 1995 bombing of a Tokyo City Hall office.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / BIG IN JAPAN
Apr 5, 2014
Taking a walk down felony lane
As part of the commemoration of the 140th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police Department, monthly magazine Bungei Shunju polled some 50,000 active-duty policemen on the 100 most significant crimes, incidents and disasters since 1874. The magazine received approximately 45,000 responses, and published...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 20, 2014
Aum cultists inspire a new generation of admirers
Swayed by a mixture of dark fascination with the outlaw life and dissatisfaction with their own lot, a small but passionate group of young people are bound by their professed admiration for the criminal members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult. They call themselves Aumers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 18, 2014
Hirata trial highlights evolving court system
In the same courtroom where many of his fellow Aum Shinrikyo cult members were tried years before, Makoto Hirata was convicted and sentenced earlier this month.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2014
Hirata gets nine years for role in Aum kidnapping of notary
Former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Makoto Hirata is sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the 1995 kidnapping and confinement of Tokyo notary Kiyoshi Kariya and two other crimes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2014
Hirata sentence based on lay judges' too harsh judgment: journalist
Friday's sentencing of former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Makoto Hirata to nine years in prison was surprisingly harsh, possibly a result of amateurish anger felt by lay judges at the social injustice, a well-known expert said after the ruling.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2014
Aum victim Kariya's son not seeking vengeance for death
He says he isn't seeking vengeance on those who tortured and killed his father. Nor does he intend to hate them forever. The only thing Minoru Kariya wants is the simple truth about how exactly his father, Kiyoshi, died nearly 20 years ago.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 27, 2014
Prosecutors seek 12 years for Aum ex-fugitive Hirata over kidnapping
Prosecutors ask for a 12-year prison term for ex-Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Makoto Hiu00adrau00adta, saying that despite his denials, he knew what he was doing when he took part in the “malicious” 1995 kidnapping and confinement of a notary.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2014
Notary's son confronts cultist in court, asks why Aum abducted him
Minoru Kariya, whose father was believed tortured to death by Aum Shinrikyo in 1995, asks ex-cult fugitive Makoto Hirata why his father had to die and whether the defendant is prepared to atone for the role he played in his death.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 17, 2014
Aum cultist Hirata reiterates plea of ignorance
Aum Shinrikyo ex-fugitive Makoto Hirata repeated Monday that he had no prior knowledge about the cult's 1995 plans to kidnap and confine Tokyo notary Kiyoshi Kariya as he testified for the first time in his ongoing trial.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 10, 2014
Hirata feared arrest in police chief shooting: girlfriend
Ex-Aum fugitive Makoto Hirata hid for 17 years because he feared being blamed for the 1995 shooting of the national police chief if he surrendered, his girlfriend testifies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 5, 2014
Cultist says Hirata unaware of bomb
A condemned Aum Shinrikyo member testifies in the Tokyo District Court that fellow cultist Mau00adkou00adto Hiu00adrau00adta had no foreknowledge of the 1995 bombing of a professor's condominium.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 3, 2014
Death-row cultist puts Hirata in kidnap frame
A condemned Aum Shinrikyo killer testified Monday against ex-fugitive cultist Makoto Hirata, contradicting the defendant's claim that he was not aware before the fact that he was going to help in the 1995 abduction and confinement of a Tokyo notary.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 21, 2014
Aum convict corroborates Hirata's claims
A senior Aum Shinrikyo member on death row appears in the Tokyo District Court and downplays the involvement of Makoto Hirata in the 1995 abduction and confinement of a Tokyo notary.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 18, 2014
Hirata and Saito: love on the run
The trial of Makoto Hirata, which commenced Thursday, is expected to reveal a number of new facts about the former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive, but of most interest to investigators will be how he managed to stay hidden for so long.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 18, 2014
The New Year's prank that was anything but
Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Makoto Hirata's final day of freedom was nothing short of embarrassing for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 18, 2014
How a yoga school became a doomsday cult
Aum Shinrikyo's criminal activities began in the late 1980s and culminated in the 1995 nerve-gas attacks on Tokyo's subway system. The group was founded in 1984 by Shoko Asahara, the babbling, half-blind guru whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto.

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