Aum victim’s kin visit memorial

The parents of lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto’s wife, who was killed in 1989 by the Aum Supreme Truth cult, have visited the site where her body was found in Toyama Prefecture, their first visit since the cult founder’s death sentence was finalized in September.

Tomoyuki Oyama, 75, and his wife, Yai, 72, placed flowers at the memorial of their daughter, Satoko, who was killed at the age of 29, on Mt. Soga in Uozu, Toyama Prefecture.

Sakamoto, Satoko, and their 1-year-old son, Tatsuhiko, were killed by senior members of the cult founded by Chizuo Matsumoto, who is also called Shoko Asahara.

It was the Oyamas’ 17th visit to the site.

“I would like to ask [Matsumoto] how he feels about the crime. But it’s impossible to do so anymore,” Tomoyuki said. “Executing the cult leader won’t solve the case, and I don’t feel I yet can tell [Satoko of Matsumoto’s finalized death penalty],” he added.

The Oyamas later attended a memorial concert organized by volunteers in the city.

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