Aum Shinrikyo


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Aum Shinrikyo

(ˈəʊm ˌʃɪnrɪˈkjəʊ)
n
(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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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.
The Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum Supreme Truth cult, which mixed Buddhist and Hindu meditation with apocalyptic teachings, staged a series of crimes including simultaneous sarin gas attacks on subway trains during rush hour in March 1995.
Six more members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult that carried out the deadly sarin attack were executed on Friday along with their "guru", Japanese local media reported.
The Aum Shinrikyo cult began as a spiritual group mixing Hindu and Buddhist beliefs in the 1980s but they became obsessed with Armageddon.
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.
AUM Shinrikyo, known for its sarin nerve gas attacks in the Tokyo subway in 1995 and in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture in 1994, renamed itself Aleph in 2000.
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. It poisoned the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a deadly nerve gas, in 1995, causing 13 deaths and an astounding 6,252 injuries.
Aum Shinrikyo may have been an extremely vicious cult, but that is not the issue here.