Aum Shinrikyo and the Japanese Media

Author: Helen Hardacre

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Category: Religion and the press

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Aum Shinrikyo and Japanese Youth

Aum Shinrikyo and Japanese Youth offers insights into Japanese spirituality by analyzing the motivations of those who joined the Aum Shinrikyo religious sect.

Author: Daniel Alfred Metraux

Publisher: University Press of Amer

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Category: Religion

Page: 130

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Aum Shinrikyo and Japanese Youth offers insights into Japanese spirituality by analyzing the motivations of those who joined the Aum Shinrikyo religious sect. This group attracted worldwide attention after its poison gas attack on the Tokyo subways in March, 1995. Daniel A. Metraux explores the reasons that thousands of Japanese people, many of them youths, joined the sect. He questions why they joined it, what they expected of their membership, and why they stayed involved or left. Metraux finds that most of the members got involved for religious and social reasons and did not partake in the terrorist and criminal activities of the leaders of Aum Shinrikyo. In addition, the author examines how the Aum situation reflects a growing sense of alienation from the traditional Japanese religion and culture among some of the young and middle-aged Japanese people, providing important information about the present status of the Japanese people.

Aum Shinrikyo Japan s Unholy Sect

however remotely, to threaten the continued existence of Aum Shinrikyo and the
authority of its revered founder. Hardly a week ago, in the early hours of January
30, 1994, there had been another chilling incident involving a defecting follower,
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Author: Rei Kimura

Publisher: Booksmango

ISBN: 6162220206

Category: True Crime

Page: 116

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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 peaceful 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. The investigation into the cult that followed uncovered a chilling trail of murders, disappearances and evil plans to destroy mankind with nerve gas and other weapons of mass destruction. For six long years, Tsutsumi Sakamoto called out from his lonely hillside grave and on September the 6th, 1995 he was heard at last. His body was discovered and the crab shells strewn all around told a chilling tale of how his killers had coldly feasted on crabs as they threw his body into that lonely unmarked grave he did not deserve. Sakamoto and his family had died to right a social wrong and to expose the evil plans of deadly terrorists crouching dangerously behind the cloak of religion, the rest was up to the living.

Aum Shinrikyo Al Qaeda and the Kinshasa Reactor

Briefing Outline • Introduction • Case study 1 : - Aum Shinrikyo's attempt to
acquire a nuclear capability • Case study 2 : Al Qaeda's attempts to acquire a
nuclear capability • Case study 3 : Smuggled nuclear material from the Kinshasa
research ...

Author: Sara A. Daly

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Category: Cults

Page: 75

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Explores attempts by terrorists to acquire nuclear materials and fabricate nuclear systems and suggests that strict controls on nuclear weapons, materials, and expertise will reduce opportunities for terrorists to acquire them.

Global Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

SEALED EXHIBIT : Letter from the Embassy of Australia , dated October 24 ,
1995 , to Senator Sam Nunn , Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations ,
transmitting a report entitled “ The Australian Investigation of the Aum Shinrikyo
Sect ...

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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Category: Emergency medical services

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Annual Report International Religious Freedom

Restrictions on Religious Freedom The Aum Shinrikyo organization , which
officially was renamed Aleph by its leadership in February 2000 , is under active
government surveillance . Aum Shinrikyo lost its legal status as a religious ...

Author: United States. Department of State

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Category: Freedom of religion

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Aum Shinrikyo Papers

Four documents related to the cult Aum Shinrikyo. One (2 leaves) consists of email responses by Ian Reader, Mark Mullins and Paul Swanson to an email from Riya Hikota.

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Category: Cults

Page: 58

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Four documents related to the cult Aum Shinrikyo. One (2 leaves) consists of email responses by Ian Reader, Mark Mullins and Paul Swanson to an email from Riya Hikota. Another (2 leaves) consists of information concerning a documentary on the monks of Mount Hiei. The third (5 leaves) is a list of publications, mostly in Japanese, related to Aum Shinrikyo. The last (29 leaves) is an account of the trial of Shoko Asahara, the founder of Aum Shinrikyo.

Emerging Infectious Diseases

On March 20 , 1995 , members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult entered the Tokyo
subway system and released sarin , a deadly nerve agent . The subway attack
was the most deadly assault in an ongoing campaign of terror waged by this
mysterious ...

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Aum Shinrikyo

In 1995, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo unleashed terror on the Tokyo subway system with a highly publicized Sarin gas attack.

Author: Richard Danzig

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781935087502

Category: Biological weapons

Page: 61

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In 1995, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo unleashed terror on the Tokyo subway system with a highly publicized Sarin gas attack. However, less is known about the group's development of biological and chemical weapons and about their prior attacks using these weapons. Through personal interviews and correspondence with former members of Aum Shinrikyo's leadership, the report provides never-before documented information on the terrorist group and its operations. The observations from this study have wide-ranging applications for terrorist groups worldwide.

A Poisonous Cocktail

In the light of the sarin attacks made by Aum Shinrikyo on Tokyo, this book describes the movement's history, examines the various conflicts it has been involved in, and discusses the content of Asahara's sermons and prophecies, all in an ...

Author: Ian Reader

Publisher: NIAS Press

ISBN: 9788787062558

Category: Social Science

Page: 116

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In the light of the sarin attacks made by Aum Shinrikyo on Tokyo, this book describes the movement's history, examines the various conflicts it has been involved in, and discusses the content of Asahara's sermons and prophecies, all in an attempt to discover why the movement turned from meditation and asceticism to violence. Suggesting that the Aum case is not unique, the book shows how it displays similarities with other cases of violence and conflict amongst religious and political movements in Japan and elsewhere.

The Stamp Art and Postal History of Michael Thompson and Michael Hernandez de Luna

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aum sinrikyo aum shinrikyo aum shintikyo NIPPON NIPPON NIPPON aum
shinrikyo shinrikyo aum shinrikyo NIPPON NIPPON spel NIPPON aum shinikyo
aum ...

Author: Michael Thompson

Publisher: Bad PressBooks

ISBN:

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 152

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This book features two Chicago artists who have taken on the International Postal Authorities and really scored a bulls eye! Their unique and often hilarious home-made stamps have been sent from virtually every country in the world and arrived to tell the tale. This is their story. We have chosen them from the cream of the crop for this must-see book -- lavishly illustrated in full colour and complete with essays from leading authorities in both the stamp and art worlds. Sure to offer hours of viewing pleasure and provide a welcome addition to any coffee table.

Aum Shinrikyo s Impact on Japanese Society

Analyzes the vast impact that Aum has had on Japanese society, including its appeal to Japanese youth.

Author: Daniel Alfred Metraux

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780773477667

Category: History

Page: 165

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Analyzes the vast impact that Aum has had on Japanese society, including its appeal to Japanese youth. In-depth study of the question of civil liberties now that many Japanese wish to ban sects. Also details political questions raised by the Aum crisis, Aum's revivalist mission to Russia, and attempts by Aum and other New Religions in Japan to gain money and fame by pushing an "Armageddon" theme.

Religion in Japan

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 63.

Author: Source: Wikipedia

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series

ISBN: 9781157614876

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 63. Chapters: Shinto, Tenrikyo, Aum Shinrikyo, Ryukyuan religion, Mahikari, Christianity in Japan, Shinto sects and schools, Kokutai, Sukyo Mahikari, Shinsh?ky?, Onmy?d?, Makuya, Johrei, Sokushinbutsu, K?shin, PL Kyodan, Shugend?, Hinduism in Japan, Pana Wave, Freedom of religion in Japan, Butsudan, Church of World Messianity, Ee ja nai ka, Shinmeiaishinkai, Aimachi, Yasaka K?shin-d?, Sorei, Shinreikyo, Yoshikazu Okada, Kasama Inari Shrine, Konjin, Shugenja, Itako, T?ky?jutsu, Junrei, Kamidana, Taoism in Japan, Reiyukai Kyodan, Neo-Confucianism in Japan, Tengenjutsu, Ho No Hana, Hommon Butsuryu, Utaki, New Sect Shintoists, Mitake-kyo, Hikari no Wa, Gedatsukai, Shingaku, Jainism in Japan, Izumo-taishakyo, Otani-ha. Excerpt: Shinto Shint?) or Shintoism, also kami-no-michi, is the indigenous spirituality of Japan and the Japanese people. It is a set of practices, to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between present day Japan and its ancient past. Shinto practices were first recorded and codified in the written historical records of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in the 7th and 8th century. Still, these earliest Japanese writings do not refer to a unified "Shinto religion," but rather to disorganized folklore, history, and mythology. Shinto today is a term that applies to public shrines suited to various purposes such as war memorials, harvest festivals, romance, and historical monuments, as well as various sectarian organizations. Practitioners express their diverse beliefs through a standard language and practice, adopting a similar style in dress and ritual, dating from around the time of the Nara and Heian Periods. The word Shinto ("Way of the Gods") was adopted from the written Chinese (, sh n d o), combining two kanji: "shin" ), meaning kami; and "t?" ), or "d?" meaning a philosophical path or study (originally...

Zeitschrift f r Religionswissenschaft

3 Abschließend werde ich die Anziehungskraft der Lehren und Praktiken der
Aum Shinrikyō in Beziehung zum so genannten » New - Age - Buddhismus «
sowie zum allgemeinen buddhistischen Diskurs in Japan setzen . Bevor ich mich
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Daily Report

18 May 1995 11 lat but first let's touch on the proselytizing activities of Aum
Shinrikyo in Moscow . Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara accompanied
by 300 believers arrived at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow in March 1992 ,
offering ...

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Religious Violence in Contemporary Japan

Reader looks at Aum's claims about itself and asks, why did a religious movement ostensibly focussed on yoga, meditation, asceticism and the pursuit of enlightenment become involved in violent activities?

Author: Ian Reader

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113681941X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 779

The Tokyo subway attack in March 1995 was just one of a series of criminal activities including murder, kidnapping, extortion, and the illegal manufacture of arms and drugs carried out by the Japanese new religious movement Aum Shinrikyo, under the guidance of its leader Asahara Shoko. Reader looks at Aum's claims about itself and asks, why did a religious movement ostensibly focussed on yoga, meditation, asceticism and the pursuit of enlightenment become involved in violent activities? Reader discusses Aum's spiritual roots, placing it in the context of contemporary Japanese religious patterns. Asahara's teaching are examined from his earliest public pronouncements through to his sermons at the time of the attack, and statements he has made in court. In analysing how Aum not only manufactured nerve gases but constructed its own internal doctrinal justifications for using them Reader focuses on the formation of what made all this possible: Aum's internal thought-world, and on how this was developed. Reader argues that despite the horrors of this particular case, Aum should not be seen as unique, nor as solely a political or criminal terror group. Rather it can best be analysed within the context of religious violence, as an extreme example of a religious movement that has created friction with the wider world that escalated into violence.

Controlling Arms and Terror in the Asia Pacific

TERRORIST ACTS BY AUM SHINRIKYO Aum Shinrikyo ' s crimes were not
restricted to mass murder by sarin gas . Asahara and his followers killed and
injured many other people in different ways . An overview of their crimes can be
best ...

Author: Marika Vicziany

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 303

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Years after 9/11, the Global War on Terror is still not over. The deepening crisis in Iraq has been accompanied by rising violence in Asia, as the bombings in Indonesia show. The 18 specialists and policymakers who have contributed to this book assess how the security scenario in the Asia Pacific has changed in response to these events. The Asia Pacific is rent by communal conflicts that have generated local jihads, which fuel regional and global jihads. This book assesses state responses to terrorism, paying attention to neglected factors such as money laundering, the emerging role of the EU, the growing fear of the US and increasing concern about the way anti-terrorist legislation curtails civil liberties. With the benefit of extensive fieldwork and access to unique sources in many languages, the contributors analyze key features of the local security scenarios. Pakistan's precarious situation is explored here from many angles, including Islamic militancy, the role of the military and the peace process with India. Again, domestic failures support regional and global terror. Regional anti-terrorist collaboration is also hampered by South-east Asia's counter-terrorism dilemmas, setbacks in the Philippine-US security relationship, the Asian arms race, and growing fears of the US National Missile Defence system and how this system will be perceived by China. The history of state sponsored terrorism and millenarian ideology are crucial to these regional scenarios. The latter, in the particular form of Japan's Aum Shinrikyo movement, reminds us that militant Islamists are not uniquely destructive. An important addition to the literature on terrorism and security, this in-depth and comprehensive analysis of a complex and increasingly unstable region will be welcomed by political scientists, scholars, policymakers, and those seeking a better understanding of whether the Global War on Terror has changed the security architecture of the Asia Pacific in a positive way.

Cultic Studies Journal

with regard to Aum Shinrikyo in Japan such a scholarly study was obviously
lacking . Fifth , the mass media was also largely responsible . In Japan , the
weekly publication " Sunday Mainichi " was the first news magazine to broach the
Aum ...

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The Middle East Abstracts and Index

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How the Millennium Comes Violently

Aum Shinrikyo became active in Russia in 1992 , and had five chapters in
Moscow . It broadcasted a weekly TV program and a daily hour - long radio
program . The government seized Aum ' s assets in 1994 when a group of
parents , the ...

Author: Catherine Wessinger

Publisher: Seven Bridges PressLlc

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 305

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This is a survey of cult religious violence as associated with Jonestown, the Branch Davidians, Aum Shinriko, Montana Freemen, Solar Temple, Heaven's Gate and Chen Tao. The book presents case studies of contemporary millennial religions that either became violent, or had the potential for becoming violent. It sets out to reveal how outside pressures and internal forces affect the decision to use violence by new religious movements.