The 14th anniversary of the Aum Shinrikyo cult's deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attacks was marked Friday in a ceremony at the Tokyo subway's Kasumigaseki Station. A moment of silence was observed by 24 Tokyo Metro Co employees at the station at 8 a.m., around the same time that the attacks occurred, with a metro official laying flowers at an alter set up in the station.
The official, Noboru Ueno, said during the ceremony, ''We cannot forget that day,'' pledging that subway workers will continue safety efforts to honor those lost in the incident. On March 20, 1995, senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, now known as Aleph, released sarin at five stations on three central Tokyo subway lines. The attacks took the lives of 12 people, including two subway workers at Kasumigaseki Station in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, and sickened more than 5,500 others.
Shizue Takahashi, the 62-year-old widow of one of the two workers at Kasumigaseki Station, visited the station and said, ''We should not allow the case to be forgotten and take place again. Although 14 years have passed, I would like to continue talking about the incident.''© Sarin attack anniversary observed at Tokyo subway station