Japan doomsday cult leader executed over Tokyo subway attack

Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara / photo file from Investing.com

The leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult that carried out sarin gas attack in 1995 on the Tokyo subway has been executed, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed on Friday.

The so-called Doomsday cult was founded by Shoko Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto.

Asahara, had been prisoned for 22 years before his execution.

The attack he organized k*lled more than a dozen people and thousands injured.

Twelve other members of the doomsday cult were also sentenced to death, but there were no details yet whether they were also scheduled this week.

Executions in Japan were done in secret, no warning in advance to the prisoner, families or even to their lawyer – this according to Amnesty International. Prisoners would only know hours before execution.

Asahara founded the cult in 1984 which quickly attracted thousands of believers and followers, combining its forecast of a coming apocalypse, ---which would come after the US attacked Japan and turned it into a nuclear wasteland -- with traditional religious teachings and new age tactics.
Many of its followers were rich, highly educated scientists and engineers, who helped the cult to bring a lot of money.

As the cult grew in numbers, some families of its members began to get alarmed, there were also complaints of brainwashing and abuse within the Aum Shinrikyo.

Then came the attack in 1995 on the Tokyo subway, which shot the cult to global notoriety.

Members of the cult released sarin gas on trains full of commuters during rush hour, which k*lled 13 people and injured more than five thousand.

Asahara, together with dozens of his followers got arrested following the incident.

Source: CNN


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