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Shizue Takahashi, a bereaved family member of the 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway system, offers a prayer at Kasumigaseki Station on Wednesday, the 29th anniversary of the attack.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 20, 2024
Japan marks 29th anniversary of Tokyo subway sarin attack
The Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult's sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system killed 14 people and injured more than 6,000.
Shoko Asahara's ashes have been stored at the Tokyo Detention House since he was hanged in July 2018.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Court orders government to hand cult founder's remains to daughter
Concerns had been expressed that they could become objects of worship for followers of Aum Shinrikyo's successor groups.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2023
Japan marks 28 years since Aum cult's sarin attack on Tokyo subway
One of Aum's successor groups was hit with a six-month ban on the use of 13 of its roughly 20 facilities nationwide and on receiving donations after it failed to fully report its activities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 25, 2022
Tokyo court disposed of important records on Aum Shinrikyo dissolution order
Records of the cult's bankruptcy and criminal cases are considered to be of historical value, and are subject to special preservation requirements.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2022
Japan marks 27th anniversary of deadly Tokyo subway sarin attack
The anniversary comes as the country moves to increase the safety of railways following a string of recent random attacks on passengers.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2021
Japan Times 1946: Women of Japan make first visit to polls
'Wednesday was a red-letter day for me. With a thrill and also a feeling of antipathy, I left home early to go to the polls.'
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2020
25 years after Tokyo subway attack, Aum is a shadow of its former self
Doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo's sarin gas attack on Tokyo subway trains shocked Japan and the world, raising concerns over nonstate organizations obtaining weapons of mass destruction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 23, 2020
In letter, executed former Aum member urged would-be terrorists to halt attacks
Tomomasa Nakagawa penned the letter in English and intended it for an American researcher.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2020
Japan marks 25 years since deadly Aum sarin attack on Tokyo subway
The cult's founder Shoko Asahara and senior members were executed in 2018.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2020
'Underground': The thematic keystone to Haruki Murakami's oeuvre
In the 20 years that have passed since the publication of Haruki Murakami's nonfiction 'Underground,' it remains both an outlier and a springboard for the career that would follow.
Japan Times
Feb 29, 2020
Japan Times 1995: Terror strikes subways during morning rush hour
The nerve gas sarin, planted on packed commuter subway trains in Tokyo during the morning rush hour Monday, killed six people and injured nearly 3,230 others in what police said was attempted mass murder.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2019
The long arm of the law can't be rushed in Japan
In Japan, 2019 will be remembered as a year that ended twice. In addition to the Western calendar year, which ends on Dec. 31, April 30 marked the final day of year 31 of the Heisei Era, thereby bringing an end to the reign of Emperor Akihito, who had abdicated in favor of Crown Prince Naruhito. From...
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
Apr 6, 2019
New era offers Japan an opportunity to reassess the future
What's in a name? What's in an era? What is an "era"? What's a "new era"? Are we entering one?
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2018
Haruki Murakami's 'Underground' still holds chilling lessons about Japan
Haruki Murakami's sole foray into journalism, 'Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche,' celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. What lessons does it hold today about where Japan has gone as a society?
Jul 27, 2018
We must not forget the Aum Shinrikyo crimes
The same ground that bred Aum Shinrikyo — and its crimes — may still be with us today.
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
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.
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.


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