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Aum Shinrikyo

Emergency services prepare for the worst

Analysis of a full-scale exercise imitating a gas attack last year suggests senior leaders should have been involved

Monday, 17 March, 2003, 12:00am

Top policeman fired over shooting probe

A top Metropolitan Police Department investigator probing last year's shooting of Japan's police chief was fired yesterday because he failed for five months to report that an officer who belonged to the Aum Shinri Kyo religious cult had confessed to the ambush.

30 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Asahara showing signs of madness

After months of silence the doomsday cult leader on trial for the Tokyo subway gas attack believes he is going mad, reports said yesterday.

Shoko Asahara was temporarily transferred to a padded cell last week after he began shouting and beating on the walls and door of his cell, the reports said.

25 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Police react to gas attack threat

Police have increased patrols on the MTR after receiving calls claiming toxic gas attacks would be made against passengers tonight.

Investigators are trying to establish whether the three calls to Wan Chai police station by a Putonghua-speaking man last Friday contain a credible threat.

15 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Aum Shinri Kyo followers defy order to quit cult's buildings

At least 200 followers of Aum Shinri Kyo are thought to remain at the doomsday cult's facilities throughout the country despite an eviction order to abandon the premises.

Finding new homes for the followers is a growing problem for the authorities. Outcasts in Japanese society, most of them have no homes to return to and little chance of finding jobs to support themselves.

27 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

The do-it-yourself terrorist menace

Imagine this scene. You are sitting in a trendy Internet cafe, some time in the near future. A young man sits at the computer next to you. He sips a cappuccino and eats a croissant. He looks like any other young man.

10 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Cult search heats up

Japanese police, desperately seeking six fugitive members of the Aum Shinri Kyo doomsday cult, have resorted to a novel method - printing the suspects' photographs on free, disposable cigarette lighters.

Police in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, are giving out 60,000 'mug shot' lighters at 51 police stations this week, police said.

31 May 1996 - 12:00am

Fears over top Japan cult suspect

POLICE are searching for a senior member of the Japanese doomsday cult, Aum Shinri Kyo, for fear he may try to disrupt the Asia-Europe meeting next month.

An Aum suspect, Keijiro Ota, was arrested on Monday at the behest of the Japanese authorities.

23 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Arrest sparks relief and fear

IT was the day Japan was waiting for - when the Aum Shinri Kyo cult was officially implicated in the deadly March 20 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

But although many Japanese heaved a sigh of relief yesterday, few believed the country was in a position to relax now cult leader Shoko Asahara was in custody.

17 May 1995 - 12:00am

Famous dancer held as police swoop in fresh raids on cult

TOKYO: Police suddenly resumed widespread raids yesterday on a doomsday cult linked to Tokyo's subway gas attack, arresting a well-known dancer and seeking other high-profile members of the sect.

3 May 1995 - 12:00am

Colombo puts sect branch under scrutiny

THE National Intelligence Bureau in Colombo has started investigating the activities of the Sri Lanka branch of the Aum Shinri Kyo sect.

Japanese authorities have told Sri Lanka's Government the sect despatched large quantities of chemicals, including substances needed to produce the nerve gas sarin, to its branch based in the southern coastal township of Galle.

3 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

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.

21 Mar 1995 - 12:00am