Japan cultists reportedly planned more attacks

TOKYO — The cult leader Shoko Asahara plotted guerrilla attacks on Tokyo and other Japanese cities this year and ordered weapons stockpiled to carry out his plans, media reported yesterday.

The attacks were apparently intended to fulfill Asahara’s prophecies of an apocalypse in 1997 that only the cult would survive.

The reports cited the confessions of top members of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult, whom police are interrogating about the March 20 gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 12 people and sickened more than 5,500.

Asahara has maintained his innocence, but more and more of his disciples are pointing accusing fingers at him, Japanese news reports said, quoting police.

Caches of assault weapons, ammunition, and small firearms have been uncovered in hundreds of police raids, and cult members have told police they were intended for a guerrilla-style offensive against several Japanese cities beginning in November, the reports say.

Plans were made to attack Tokyo, several cities on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, and others on the main island of Honshu, the Japan Broadcasting Corp. quoted police sources as saying.

Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)
Associated Press, via the Boston Globe, USA
May 5, 1995

Religion News Blog posted this on Friday May 5, 1995.
Last updated if a date shows here:


More About This Subject


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at Amazon.com.