The closure of procedures came at a meeting of the cult’s creditors at the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday, 12 years after the bankruptcy procedures for the doomsday cult started in March 1996
Saburo Abe, a lawyer who serves as bankruptcy administrator for the cult, reported at the court that a total of about 1.53 billion yen is expected to be distributed to the victims.
The amount is about 40 percent of the approximately 3.8 billion yen that the cult owes its victims.
As the cult has been split into two factions, Abe said, “It would be difficult to collect any more money, and the amount that can be given to the victims has nearly reached a limit.”
The court had already approved that bankruptcy procedures would come to an end.
Meanwhile, both the ruling and opposition parties have been considering a bill to financially aid the victims.