ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Politics

Tokyo gas attack executions leave many questions unanswered

Hanging of seven AUM Shinrikyo members fails to draw issue to close

Policemen wearing gas masks search the compound of the AUM cult in Yamanashi Prefecture in March 1995. (Photo by Mamoru Yago)

TOKYO -- Seven members of the cult behind the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack were hanged on Friday, the largest group of people to be executed in post-war Japan.

Shoko Asahara, the 63-year-old leader of the AUM Shinrikyo, or 'supreme truth,' cult was among those put to death. Six other members remain on death row for their involvement in the attack, which left 13 dead and thousands ill and shattered the myth of Japan being a safe society. 

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more