Aum Shinrikyo


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A Japanese religious movement founded in 1984 by Shoko Asahara, which is a composite belief system based on Asahara's idiosyncratic interpretations of yoga, Buddhism, Christianity, and Nostradamus. Aum gained international notoriety in 1995 when it carried out a sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system that killed 12 people
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AUM Shinrikyo staged two rounds of sarin nerve gas attacks -- against the Tokyo subway system and in a residential area in the city of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in 1994.
Aum Shinrikyo began as a spiritual group mixing Hindu and Buddhist beliefs in the 1980s but they became obsessed with Armageddon.
The Aum Shinrikyo story centers on a bearded, nearly-blind Japanese cult leader who called himself Shoko Asahara.
Because of the complaints, officials requested permission to inspect the building's interior, but Aum Shinrikyo members refused.
The pointed end of an umbrella, though, was what the Aum Shinrikyo terrorists used to pierce the sealed bags of water and sarin in the subway.
Shoko Asahara (42) leader of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, is standing trial for murder and attempted murder in that attack.
The Aum Shinrikyo in Japan and RISE in Chicago both wanted to kill large numbers of people.
In 1995, Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese religious cult group became infamous when some of its members released deadly sarin nerve gas into the Tokyo subway system, killing 12 people and sending more than 5,000 others to hospitals.
Officials from the Justice Ministry's Public Security Intelligence Agency on Thursday began inspecting 21 facilities of Aleph, the religious group formerly known as AUM Shinrikyo whose founder and senior members were convicted of staging the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.
Tokyo, Nov 22(ANI): The Japanese Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of senior Aum Shinrikyo cult member Seiichi Endo for his role in the 1995 twin sarin attacks.
While a deputy chief prosecutor in the Tokyo district office, the native of Hyogo Prefecture handled cases related to the AUM Shinrikyo cult and AIDS caused by contaminated blood products, and as chief public prosecutor there was in charge of the bribery case involving former Construction Minister Eiichi Nakao.
On March 20, 1995, members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult entered the Tokyo subway system and released sarin, a deadly nerve agent.