Combating the cult next door

October 12 2002
The Age (Australia), Oct. 8, 2002
http://www.theage.com.au/

Followers of a notorious doomsday cult have set up shop in a quiet Tokyo suburb – and the neighbours are not happy. Shane Green reports.

Until two years ago, Karasuyama offered a quiet slice of Tokyo suburban life. It was the kind of place middle-class Japanese families would raise their children; a small, safe community, a haven in the crowded metropolis.

That comforting ordinariness disappeared suddenly and without warning in December, 2000, when the local ward office received an application to register 13 new residents. The 13 also happened to be members of Aleph, the new name for what was Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.

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