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Police track last Aum fugitive's movements

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Police in Tokyo have released new images of fugitive Aum Shinrikyo member Katsuya Takahashi, 54, who has been on the run for his suspected involvement in the deadly 1995 gas attack on a Tokyo subway.

Takahashi is the last member of the Aum cult still by hunted by police in connection with the attack, which killed 13 and injured about 50 people.

Police on Wednesday released new images of a man believed to be Takahashi to the public. Police say Takahashi was captured on CCTV security cameras withdrawing money from a credit association in Kawasaki on June 4, Fuji TV reported Thursday. Takahashi is seen with a red rucksack.

Japanese media outlets report that police believe Takahashi was hiding in Kawasaki until recently and moved apartments within the city in December. He had been using the name Shinya Sakurai and working at a construction company until last Friday, police said.

Police say Takahashi withdrew 2.38 million yen in cash before briefly returning to a company dormitory where he had been staying. Police say he then fled with his belongings, following which investigators searched the room and found DNA evidence linking him to the dormitory, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Although the trail has now gone cold, police say Takahashi is a native of Kawasaki and is believed to be still in the area.

Takahashi lived for around 10 years with Naoko Kikuchi, 40, who was arrested in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sunday. Kikuchi was turned over to Tokyo police to face charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the sarin gas attack.

Sources say Takahashi fled from his Aum hideout shortly before a police raid that took place on March 22, 1995. He was subsequently placed on a wanted list, where he has remained for 17 years.

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He is doomed. The police with the great job they do have been tracking him for 17 years. Efficiency at its best,

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Hope this piece of crud is caught quickly. I'm surpised he has not given himself up or killed hemself out of shame.

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Anyone have any ideas/theories as to why - after 17 years - 2 of these terrorists have suddenly been caught and the cops are on the trail of the third? Co-incidence? As Basher says, let's just hope he is nabbed ASAP.

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I think the safest place for KT to run to is a koban where they turn you away a couple of times first if you're a fugitive Aum member.

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What surprises me is how this guy could stay unrecognized for 17 years. He has a normal job ffs and the boss didnt even recognize him wtf. Anyway hope they catch him soon, that will put an end to the AUM sarin attack story for now.

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54? Dude looks like 40 if that.

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More surprising is Japanese system still doesn't include ID cards. If you don't have driving license you are nobody. And there are jobs that hire without any evidence who actually are you. Saw the footage on the TV this morning - they've been really close this time. Apparently he withdrew all his money in several times and may be he is trying to leave the country.

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What surprises me is how this guy could stay unrecognized for 17 years.

Looking at the mug shot photo, the photo supplied by his place of employment and the video footage, I'm not surprised at all. It could be three completely different people.

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Let's not forget - Police believe it is him. What if the man in the picture is not him? Can you imagine the nightmare if it were you?

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I knew it wouldn't be long before they find the last guy. There will be whistle blowers...

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Cops only doing something when it makes them look bad, had the other guy not turned himself in the cops would be doing nothing!

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He would not give him up and rather keep running as possible as he can because he knows well he will be surely hung to death at gallows. He did spread Sarin gas in subway and killed some people. All Aum leaders are guilty and will be hung to death.

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I wouldn't have recognized him or Kikuchi. Either of them could have been my neighbor and I wouldn't have picked them. Sometimes wish I could become that incognito and blend into the background here.

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I wouldn't have recognized him or Kikuchi. Either of them could have been my neighbor and I wouldn't have picked them. Sometimes wish I could become that incognito and blend into the background here.

That's so true. I once chatted to a Detective here, nice bloke, and he told me the reason that they couldn't find Ichihashi (that English teacher rapist/killer) was because "we Japanese all look the same"! Bit of a cop out, but also some truth in it.

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If this guy was smart, he would have left the country by now. Japanese would rather risk thier lives to stay in Japan than live in a foreign country.

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@darknuts

Japanese would rather risk thier lives to stay in Japan than live in a foreign country.

Japanese terrorists have no balls and spines! How could you expect he would live oversea when they only know words such as ganbatte, shoganai, gaman and banzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaai

Anyway.... the lowlife looks like 30-something. Maybe he's been exaling sarin gas for 17 years

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@Des,

I suspect they have been in touch with each other and "extracted" info has helped the police narrow down their search. The fugitives may be careful but (even though it's fashionable to slander the police), good detective work goes a long way and there's always the lucky break factor. For example, young women being kidnapped for years getting brought to hospital and questions being asked.

@darknuts

Japanese would rather risk thier lives to stay in Japan than live in a foreign country. Um, and use what passport? Their own? And live how? These are cult members, not terrorists. Unless they have connections overseas, it makes much more sense to stay home and avoid potentially getting caught at an airport or outher checkpoint.

@enkeldika

Japanese terrorists have no balls and spines! Yeah, obviously you know absolutely nothing about Japanese terrorists. Thank God most of them are dead or locked up. Go on, read up on them and try being informed before you post rubbish.

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Even though "Japanese all look alike" (debatable), it's very easy for anybody to alter their appearance. I've been introduced to famous people before without a clue as to their identity until they told me who they are. All of my ID photos look like they are of different people and I'm not even trying to disguise myself. Bet I could fool my own family if I wanted to though, like I say, it's not hard.

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This fascinates me: Japanese and othere asian people are so look-alike I can't understand how someone can be recognized in cameras.

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@ReformedBasher

Can you read my setence from a different point of view? That was a joke for FS. Without you told me to read on them I have known a lot about Japanese Red Army and the like. I don't know what you call this group as a terrorist or a crazy a$$ cult. All I see it they did the exact same thing as other terrorists. The Sarin attack on the Tokyo subway, was an act of domestic TERRORISM! Even the natives say so.

Just chill out man, it's still 08.02 am and summer is not yet here. SIgh...

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@enkeldika

A joke? Okay then. I'll try thinking of it along the lines of "what have the Romans ever done for us?" vein.

I've always thought of AUM as religiouslly motivated but apparently they tried to get recognized as a political party. Perhaps that they were rejected had influence to them doing things by other means. Sure we both agree it's a good thing most have been caught.

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Kikuchi was quoted by Jiji news agency as telling police: “I have lived as Chizuko Sakurai, but I’m relieved that I don’t have to run away anymore.”

Japanese media outlets report that police believe Takahashi was hiding in Kawasaki until recently and moved apartments within the city in December. He had been using the name Shinya Sakurai and working at a construction company until last Friday, police said.

Too funny..

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