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Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

National / History Jun 21, 2014

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

by Paul Murphy

It's been 20 years since mass murderers came to Toshie Koibuchi's tiny street. It was the night of June 27, 1994. She was then 50, a housewife living with her husband and mother in a slightly upmarket residential area of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Koibuchi had ...

Japanese mayor offers Fukushima kids a home in his town

National Oct 23, 2013

Japanese mayor offers Fukushima kids a home in his town

A generation ago, Dr. Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. Today, as mayor of Matsumoto, he is trying to avoid a repeat of his own history. Beginning in April, parents living in the shadow ...

National 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. Asahara is accused of masterminding the Matsumoto attack, which killed seven people and injured about 600. Shinichi Amano of the ...