The parents of former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Naoko Kikuchi have issued a statement apologizing for their daughter's alleged crimes.
Kikuchi, 40, was arrested in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, on June 3 after 17 years on the run. Police said she has admitted being part of the team responsible for producing the sarin nerve gas used in the 1995 Tokyo subway attack. “It is true that I was involved in producing sarin gas, but I did not know what we were making it for at that time,” she was quoted as telling police.
A lawyer for Kikuchi's parents read a statement from them, in which they said they were deeply ashamed and apologized for all the harm their daughter had caused, NTV reported.
In the statement, Kikuchi's mother says: "My daughter Naoko caused big trouble for everyone. She turned her back on society and hid for a long time. As her parents, my husband and I apologize very deeply to the victims and their bereaved families. We tried to convince Naoko to leave Aum Shinrikyo, but we couldn't do it. When Naoko left our home in 1990, we could not contact her and then that terrible thing happened on the subway. We felt helpless that we could not do anything.
"To Naoko, all I can say now is that I am sorry that I did not understand your feelings at that time and that I did not know what to do for you. Thank you for choosing to live. Please sleep well."© Japan Today