Japan TV official quits in cult affair

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TOKYO — The president of a major Japanese TV station is resigning over his company’s dealings with the doomsday cult accused in the nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subways.

The executive, Hirozo Isozaki, said yesterday that he accepts responsibility for the actions of the Tokyo Broadcasting System, the subject of a government investigation.

The TV station showed Aum Shinri Kyo members an unaired tape of a lawyer harshly criticizing their cult. Soon after the secret screening in 1989, the lawyer, Tsutsumi Sakamoto, his wife and infant son disappeared. They later found dead.

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Associated Press, via the Boston Globe, USA
Apr. 10, 1996

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