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The Japanese Death Cult's String of Futility

MIN READJul 10, 2018 | 10:00 GMT

A television screen in Tokyo announces the execution of Shoko Asahara, leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, which conducted a deadly attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.

A television screen in Tokyo announces the execution of Shoko Asahara, leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, which conducted a deadly attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.

(TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

On July 6, Japanese authorities executed Shoko Asahara, the founder of the apocalyptic Aum Shinrikyo cult, and six of his followers, closing the book on one of the most high-profile acts of terrorism in modern Japanese history. Aum Shinrikyo is best known for the March 1995 attack in which the group released the nerve agent sarin on five different trains in the Tokyo subway system, killing 12 people and sickening hundreds of others. But the group's most infamous action was far from its first attempt to inflict mass casualties on an unsuspecting public....

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