Aum Shinrikyo


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Aum Shinrikyo

(ˈəʊm ˌʃɪnrɪˈkjəʊ)
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) a syncretistic Japanese cult combining elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, founded by Shoko Asahara in 1986; responsible for a number of murders and in particular a nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Also called: Supreme Truth Cult
[C20: from Sanskrit aum om + Japanese shinri kyo supreme truth]
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Noun1.Aum Shinrikyo - a terrorist organization whose goal is to take over Japan and then the world; based on a religion founded in 1987 that combines elements of Buddhism with Christianity; "in 1995 Aum members released deadly sarin gas on a Tokyo subway train"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
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The Tokyo District Court has decided to allow prosecutors to question three death row inmates as witnesses in the trial of a former senior AUM Shinrikyo cult member, judicial sources said Friday.
Fugitive Katsuya Takahashi had been on Japan's most wanted list since the Aum Shinrikyo cult's sarin gas attack that killed 13 people and injured 6,000 in 1995.
Tokyo police arrested the the last fugitive from the Aum Shinrikyo cult on Friday.
Tokyo, June 4 (Xinhua-ANI): Japanese police arrested on late Sunday night former AUM Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi who involved the 1995 Tokyo subway Sarin gas attack in Kanagawa Prefecture, local media reported.
The Justice Ministry's Public Security Intelligence Agency on Friday inspected locations linked with a splinter group of the AUM Shinrikyo cult, Hikari no Wa (Circle of Rainbow Light).
It's a case study of the only terrorist group that has successfully used chemical and biological weapons on a mass scale -- the Japanese religious cult Aum Shinrikyo.
Aum Shinrikyo may have been an extremely vicious cult, but that is not the issue here.
1995: Police raided the Tokyo headquarters of the Aum Shinrikyo religious sect after Sarin nerve gas was released on five trains in the Tokyo underground system.
Last year, the founder of the Aum Shinrikyo cul t was sentenced to death for ordering the 1995 subway attack, and a series of other crimes that left 27 people dead
Applying the principles set out in the first volume, five case studies look at organizational learning in Aum Shinrikyo, Hizballah, Jemaah Islamiyah, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, and the radical environmentalist movement as though it were an organization.
Asahara, who founded and led the Aum Shinrikyo cult, was also charged with ordering his followers to produce and stockpile arsenals of conventional and chemical weapons.
Multiple-locus, variable-number tandem repeat analysis found all isolates to be identical to a strain used in Japan to vaccinate animals against anthrax, which was consistent with the Aum Shinrikyo members' testimony about the strain source.