Tag - aum-shinrikyo



JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2014
Cultist testifies Hirata knew of kidnap plan
Aum Shinrikyo killer Noboru Nakamura testifies against ex-fugitive cultist Makoto Hirata, saying the defendant, despite his denial, had prior knowledge that he would be involved in the 1995 abduction of a Tokyo notary.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 16, 2014
Cultist downplays guilt as trial opens
Makoto Hirata, one of the last Aum Shinrikyo cultists yet to be tried, on Thursday played down his involvement in the 1995 kidnapping of a Tokyo notary, telling the Tokyo District Court in his first trial session that he only drove the getaway car and had no inkling of what was to unfold.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 4, 2013
Niimi's wife held in bid to pressure man to join Aleph
The wife of a condemned Aum Shinrikyo figure was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to forcibly recruit an acquaintance into Aleph, the cult's successor sect, Osaka police said.
Jul 4, 2013
Top court firm: Condemned cultists to appear
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Tokyo prosecutors against a district court's decision to summon three condemned prisoners to testify in the trial of a former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive, court officials said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 3, 2013
Photos of opponents found stabbed in Aum facility
Photographs of the director general and other officials of the Public Security Intelligence Agency were found stabbed through with a knife during an on-site inspection of a facility connected to Aum Shinrikyo, according to the agency.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2013
Aum death-row trio to take stand in fugitive's trial
Three Aum Shinrikyo members on death row are to be questioned in open court in the trial of Makoto Hirata, who is accused of helping to kidnap a notary public who was later killed by the doomsday cult.
Japan Times
Mar 21, 2013
'95 Aum subway gas attack marked
Tokyo subway officials commemorate the 18th anniversary of Aum Shinrikyo's deadly sarin attack, remembering the assault at one of the stations where lives were lost.
Jan 19, 2013
Violation of criminal procedure
The Tokyo District Court ruled Tuesday in favor of the religious group Aleph, formerly known as Aum Shinrikyo, in a lawsuit Aleph had filed against the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and a former head of the Metropolitan Police Department.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 16, 2013
Aum successor wins damages, apology from Tokyo government
The Tokyo District Court ordered the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Tuesday to pay damages and apologize to the Aleph religious group, previously known as Aum Shinrikyo, for releasing an investigative report about the 1995 attempted murder of the national police chief that suggested the cult was behind...
Nov 23, 2012
Harborer of Aum fugitive avoids jail
A Tokyo-area man was given a suspended prison sentence Thursday for harboring an Aum Shinrikyo fugitive wanted in connection with the cult's murderous 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other deadly crimes.
Nov 2, 2012
Aum carry-overs get routine security shakedown
Public Security Intelligence Agency officials Thursday began inspecting 21 facilities run by Aleph, the group formerly known as Aum Shinrikyo, whose founder and senior cultists face the gallows for the cult's 1995 sarin attack on Tokyo's subway system.
Aug 10, 2012
Trio who tipped off police to whereabouts of Aum fugitives to share ¥20 million reward
The National Police Agency and retired NPA officials said Thursday three people will share a ¥20 million reward for providing information that led to the arrests of two Aum Shinrikyo fugitives wanted in connection with the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2011
Last trial brings dark Aum era to end
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by condemned killer Seiichi Endo, lowering the curtain on the trials over the cult's heinous crimes, which began in the 1980s and culminated in the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2003
Asahara's lawyers blame murders on Aum disciples
Lawyers representing Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara argued Thursday that their client is innocent of masterminding a series of grisly crimes, including two fatal sarin gas attacks.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2002
Aum Shinrikyo officer Niimi given death sentence for role in 26 murders
Senior Aum Shinrikyo figure Tomomitsu Niimi was sentenced Wednesday to death for his role in 26 murders and other crimes committed by the doomsday cult, including two deadly sarin attacks.
May 13, 2001
When the nightmare broke through: "Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche"
UNDERGROUND: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, by Haruki Murakami. Translated by Alfred Birnbaum and Philip Gabriel. Random House, Vintage International; 366 pp., $14.
Dec 29, 1999
Aum trials tail off as Asahara's day nears
While the trial of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara has proceeded at a snail's pace, with prosecutors examining only nine out of the 17 counts that he faces to date, his disciples' trials have entered their final stages before the district court.
Feb 12, 1998
Police bungling alleged in probe of Matsumoto gas attack
Police investigating the June 1994 sarin gas attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, improperly collected evidence, lawyers for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara argued in court Thursday.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan