Aum Shinrikyo-Japan's Unholy Sect
by Rei Kimura
On the 26th of March 1995, sarin gas was released in a Tokyo subway
station crammed with morning rush hour commuters and all hell broke loose.
In the aftermath of anguish, death, painful injuries and broken lives, the
deadly action was traced back to a cult called Aum Shinrikyo.
What lay behind this ferocious lashing the cult had given to the orderly,
uncluttered society Japan was so proud of? What dark sinister secrets lay
behind the walls of the Aum Shinrikyo compound in Kamikuishiki at the idyllic foothills of Mount Fuji?
Tsutsumi Sakamoto, a Yokohama lawyer took up the challenge of finding
answers to these questions and one cold, gray November morning in 1995,
the young attorney, his wife and ten-month-old son disappeared without a
trace. This is the chilling story of how a young lawyer sacrificed his
life and that of his poignantly young family to stem the reign of terror
of the cult's guru, Shoko Asahara.
He spoke out from his lonely hillside grave and was heard after six long years. He had
died to right a social wrong, the rest was up to the living.
It is a chilling story of terror, murder and atrocities committed in the
name of twisted religious beliefs, the forerunner of Sept 11th, long before terrorism became the business of everyone committed to live in peace and safety.
- Olive Press, October 2012
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