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Steve Herman @W7VOA
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Aum cult founder Shoko Asahara executed, reports @nhk.… #Japan
The cult leader is the first of 13 people to be hanged for the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. In the 1995 attack 12 people died and more than 1,000 fell ill.
Personal note: I lived in Tokyo at the time and had slept in after staying awake past 3 am (very unusual for me) and thus wasn't on the trains during the morning rush hour when the attack took place. I finally awoke due to the sound of many sirens of ambulances responding.
Update: Several convicted Aum cult members executed.
Aum either lacked the skill to produce sarin at a high potency or diluted it so the cult's handlers wouldn't die -- otherwise the death toll in the Tokyo subway system would likely have been in the hundreds or thousands. The chilling @OPCW report:…
The cult's delusional self-styled guru -- who has just been hanged -- plotted to unleash chaos of such a magnitude that it would lead to a war with the US and, as a result, somehow he was become king of #Japan.
In total, #Japan executes 7 convicted Aum cult members.…
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