Editorials Mar 20, 2015

Aum's crimes still raise questions

Twenty years on, people are still trying to fathom why so many people — including youths from elite backgrounds — were drawn to a doomsday cult that carried out a deadly sarin gas attack in downtown Tokyo.

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 ...

How a yoga school became a doomsday cult

National / Crime & Legal Jan 18, 2014

How a yoga school became a doomsday cult

by Jun Hongo

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. Initially starting life as a yoga ...