White-robed cult on move again in Gifu

Kyodo (Japan), May 3, 2003

GIFU — A caravan of white-donned wagon cars carrying about 50 members of a white-garment cult that believes “doomsday” is imminent was on the move again in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture early Saturday, this time apparently headed to a closed road designated by police authorities.

Members of the group, which calls itself Panawave Laboratory, took down the roadside tents they erected on National Route 257 in Kiyomi, leaving the site at around 1:25 a.m. after staking out there for 23 hours. Police offered a closed village road 1.5 kilometers away to park their vehicles. Officials said the group had agreed to move there.

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