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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AUM Shinrikyo, known as AUM Supreme Truth in English, renamed itself Aleph in 2000.
A recent plan devised by a team of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers to grant financial aid to victims of crimes perpetrated by the Aum Supreme Truth cult can be regarded as an extremely unusual measure.
Sarin was also used by the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult to kill seven people and injure 300 in Matsumoto, Japan, in 1994.