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CHIZUO MATSUMOTO

Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 7, 2019
One year on, Aum founder's ashes still in detention house
A year after Chizuo Matsumoto, who headed the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, was hanged, his ashes remain at the Tokyo Detention House due to a family dispute.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Jul 5, 2019
One year after 13 Aum Shinrikyo executions, scant debate over the death penalty in Japan
One year after the founder and 12 former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were executed for crimes including the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system, the debate over the death penalty remains a muted affair in Japan despite international calls for its abolition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 26, 2018
A chronology of doomsday cult and its founder
The following is a chronology of events related to the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and its founder, Shoko Asahara, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto:
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / MORNING ENGLISH
Jul 16, 2018
Let's discuss the death penalty in Japan
While the execution of cult founder Shoko Asahara may offer a degree of closure on a string of crimes that shocked Japan, it also creates an opportunity for further debate about the death penalty.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2018
Asahara allegedly asked for his body to be handed over to fourth daughter; wife petitions minister
Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara is said to have told a detention house guard to give his body to his fourth daughter.
JAPAN
Jul 7, 2018
Letters written by executed Aum cult members reflect regret, desire to live
Letters sent from prison to civic groups by some of the executed Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult members expressed regret for their heinous crimes and a wish to atone.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 7, 2018
U.N. human rights agency calls for national debate on death penalty after Aum executions
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed regret over the executions of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara and six other former members of the cult, calling for a national debate on the death penalty.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2018
Aum victims and bereaved express sense of closure, disappointment and confusion over executions
The execution of Aum Shinrikyo leader Shoko Asahara and six others from the doomsday cult leaves some feeling empty, gives others a sense of closure.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Jul 6, 2018
Aum founder Shoko Asahara's execution leads to renewed debate in Japan on death penalty
While the execution of Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara and the group's former senior members may offer a degree of closure on a string of crimes that shocked the nation, it also creates an opportunity for further debate in Japanese society about the death penalty.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2018
Three major cases involving the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult
The following are brief descriptions of three major acts of violence by the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2018
Profiles of top Aum Shinrikyo members, including six still on death row
A central figure in the Aum Shinrikyo cult as a chemistry expert, Masami Tsuchiya, 53, was sentenced to death in 2004 for his role in the production of sarin that was used in deadly gas attacks in Nagano Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2018
Japanese have mixed opinions on execution of Aum leader Shoko Asahara and six accomplices
A wide-range of reactions were heard Friday to news of the executions of Shoko Asahara and six former senior members of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo — which carried out the deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway system — with some saying it was good the sentences were finally carried...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2018
Authorities on alert as Aum successor and splinter groups remain active
Public security authorities are on alert amid concerns that Friday's executions of Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara and former senior members could prompt groups of his supporters to become more active.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2018
Aum founder Shoko Asahara was mentally competent during detention, sources maintain
Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara, who was executed Friday for numerous crimes, suffered no psychiatric problems, sources with knowledge of his behavior in a detention facility said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 6, 2018
Capital punishment in Japan: Unscheduled executions and hangings witnessed only by prison officials and a priest
Japan and the United States are the only two members of the Group of Seven advanced economies that have the death penalty.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / Deep Dive
Mar 20, 2018
Children of condemned Aum guru Shoko Asahara reviled by society as criminals
In the early hours of May 16, 1995, police raided the Aum Shinrikyo cult's facilities in Kamikuishiki, Yamanashi Prefecture. At 9:45 a.m., cult founder Shoko Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, was arrested and taken into custody.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / Deep Dive
Mar 19, 2018
1995 Aum sarin attack on Tokyo subway still haunts, leaving questions unanswered
Hitoshi Jin describes his younger brother spending the booming 1980s "cult surfing," exploring what new religions had to offer to fill the gaping spiritual void left by a childhood scarred by an abusive father.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 22, 2017
Aum founder's daughter voids parents' rights to inherit her property
The Yokohama family court granted a request by a daughter of Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara to nullify her parents' right to inherit her property in the event of her death.
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.
CULTURE / Books
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.

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