Death cultist’s daughter fights way into university

Tokyo’s Bunkyo University on Thursday followed an order by the Tokyo District Court to admit one of the daughters of AUM Shinrikyo guru Shoko Asahara into the institution after refusing her entrance once before, officials said.

Upon admission, Asahara’s third daughter immediately started classes at the university in Shinagawa-ku.

The 21-year-old daughter passed the entrance examinations to the university’s human science faculty in February, but the council of professors at the school later revoked her admission.

In response, the woman asked the Tokyo District Court to issue an injunction against Bunkyo University’s refusal. The court on April 28 told Bunkyo University to admit her, saying, “There are no special circumstances or reasons to revoke her entrance.”

Bunkyo University officials said Thursday that they had decided to abide by the district court’s decision.

The woman was also rejected by Wako University in Tokyo although she was successful in the entrance examinations.

Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, has been sentenced to death by the district court over several charges including those related to the deadly 1995 terrorist attacks on Tokyo subways, but he has appealed.

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Mainichi Daily News, Japan
May 6, 2004

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