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The enduring power of Japan’s doomsday cults

The enduring power of Japan’s doomsday groups

6 November 2021

9:00 AM

6 November 2021

9:00 AM


It is now 26 years since the doomsday cult known as Aum Shinrikyu (‘supreme truth’) carried out the worst domestic terrorist attack in Japanese history. Led by their leader Shoko Asahara, Aum released sarin gas on to the Tokyo subway, killing 13 and injuring 6,000. It remains the only time a weapon of mass destruction has been deployed by a private organisation.

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