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Japan marks 27th anniversary of Aum cult's attack on Tokyo subways

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I have always been puzzled why the expressions "terror attack" or "terrorism" are not commonly used in regards to these multiple horrific attacks. Because that is what they were.

So many lives lost and thousands destroyed. Innocent people doomed to live their days out completely incapacitated and reliant on 24 hour care.

May this evil never be forgotten.

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They put yoga back 10 years in Japan, lessons no longer were able to use OM or chants.

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The government plans to oblige railway operators nationwide to install security cameras in newly built trains and will shoulder the costs for doing so.

The saddest part about all of it is that there has been a need for cameras on trains for a long time now, and it will be around 30 years before it actually happens.

Shouldnt just be the "new" trains, but ALL the trains!

The train companies themselves should have been doing this from decades ago!

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I’m not a fan of the novelist Haruki Murakami, but read his non-fiction book “Underground” about the Tokyo subway attacks, including interviews with the Aum Shinrikyo cult members who carried out the attacks, and with the victims. Chilling.

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Not sure we need to inform young people of every bad thing that has happened in the past. Maybe it would be nice to match each bad thing with at least two good things.

I think teaching the good and the bad and letting kids think for themselves would be better. I don’t think there’s a need for an imbalance and bias.

We want kids to think for themselves and judge things on their own merits. Too many adults are not well-trained in this area and swallow packages whole, often falling for clearly preposterous ideas in those packages. It can be like a cultish devotion, shutting down critical faculties and even hysteria.

Teach kids not fall for the kind of cultish nonsense.

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*this kind

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Horrifying part of Japan's recent history.

The doomsday cult's founder Shoko Asahara, who masterminded the attack, and 12 of his former followers were put to death in 2018.

A prime example of Japan's death penalty being employed primarily where there are more than one victim.

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30th anniversary of murder of lawyer, family by Aum members observed

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/30th-anniversary-of-murder-of-lawyer-family-by-aum-members-observed

Nov. 5, 2019

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I remember like it was yesterday…I used to ride Chioda to Nogizaka

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""The doomsday cult's founder Shoko Asahara, who masterminded the attack, and 12 of his former followers were put to death in 2018"".

23 years after!? most of the victims families never got the chance to see justice being served.

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23 years after!? most of the victims families never got the chance to see justice being served.

The point of the justice system is not revenge for the victims.

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When I moved into the Fuji area years ago and built my first house, a kind old local fella gave me the guided tour of the area. Cow sheds, milk treatment buildings etc

He showed me where the Aum made their sarin, told me about how the locals were suspicious about the newcomers and their secretive buildings, how they used to stumble out of those sheds, and his shame about how they never said anything to to authorities.

They destroyed everything connected with Aum but the stigma still hangs heavy over that corner of Japan.

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They destroyed everything connected with Aum but the stigma still hangs heavy over that corner of Japan.

Which is too bad, as it's a very beautiful area.

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Which is too bad, as it's a very beautiful area.

It is, it could be. In order to remove the odium of Aum the agricultural area hastily built a theme park called 'Gulliver's Kingdom' at a cost of eyewatering billions that ended up bankrupting a Niigata bank. It never worked from day one, and just piled bubble extravagance upon local debt. The whole farming area was suddenly flooded with expensive government attempts to forget the Aum connection by pouring concrete. Locals made fortunes until it faded from the news.

You could make a movie about the whole episode if anyone would speak about it.

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I worked in Tokyo at the time and were it not for picking up UK business partners for the Japanese company I worked for at 10 AM at their hotel for a later meeting I could be dead.

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how they used to stumble out of those sheds, and his shame about how they never said anything to to authorities.

THe shame and regret are only because something happened. If nothing had happened, they would have continued on their merry way just wondering what they were doing and NEVER taking it any further.

That is the way of Japan, everything after the fact!

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