Poison scares first hit headlines in 1993
RECENT incidents involving poisonous fumes in Japan: March 15, 1995: Three mysterious attache cases are discovered at a Tokyo underground station, each containing three tanks with an unknown liquid, small motorised fans, a vent, and a battery.
March 5, 1995: 19 people are taken to a hospital after they inhale mysterious fumes in a railway car in Yokohama and complain of eye and respiratory pain. The source of the fumes was not found.
January 4, 1995: A religious cult, Aum Shinri Kyo, files a complaint accusing a company president of spreading sarin in its religious facilities in Kamikuishiki, a town in central Japan. The company president brings countercharges in February.
December 1994: Material believed to be a by-product of sarin is discovered in Kamikuishiki.
September 1, 1994: More than 231 people in seven towns in Nara prefecture suffer rashes and eye irritation from unknown fumes.
July 1994: Several residents of Kamikuishiki complain of eye and nose irritation and nausea caused by fumes that local officials cannot identify.
June 21, 1994: Seven people die and 200 are sickened by sarin fumes spreading through a quiet residential area in Matsumoto in central Japan. Police are unable to find the source.
July 2, 1993: 100 residents in Tokyo's Koto district complain about noxious white fumes rising from buildings owned by Aum Shinri Kyo. City officials are refused entry.