Tag: Yoshiyuki Kono

On June 20, 1994, Japan’s doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo sprayed the deadly nerve gas sarin in the city of Matsumoto, killing seven people.

It was one of several poison gas attacks (and other crimes) committed by the cult.

At the time, Japanese newspapers The Asahi Shimbum mistakenly identified Yoshiyuki Kono, a victim and the first person to report the incident, as the prime suspect.

Survivor of 1994 Aum Shinrikyo Cult Sarin Attack Dies in Coma

Shoko Asahara Sumiko Kono, who survived an AUM Shinrikyo cult sarin gas attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in 1994 but was left bedridden and comatose, died Tuesday of respiratory failure, people familiar with her said.

The Japanese cult has a history of violence. Nevertheless, it was for a while defended by cult apologists who suggested investigation of the ‘new religious movement’ was akin to religious persecution.

Mayor Visits Sumiko Kono Ahead of 11th Anniversary of Sarin Attack

NAGANO, Japan, June 26–(Kyodo) _ Sumiko Kono, who was one of the 144 people injured in the 1994 sarin gas attack by the AUM Shinrikyo cult in the central Japan city of Matsumoto and has remained unconscious since then, was visited by the Matsumoto mayor on Sunday ahead of the attack’s 11th anniversary Monday. Aum Shinrikyo Aum Shinrikyo’s history of violence How Aum justified violence Life inside Aum Shinrikyo Robert Jay Lifton describes Aum’s ideological totalism How cult apologists, including J. Gordon Melton and James R. Lewis, defended Aum Shrinrikyo Aum Shinrikyo (now called ‘Aleph’) continues Research resources on Aum

Asahara Trial Too Quick, Says Man Wrongly Suspected in Attack

TOKYO, Sept. 11–Yoshiyuki Kono, who was falsely described as a suspect by police after the 1994 sarin gas attack by the AUM Shinrikyo cult in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, said Saturday he believes the eight years a court spent trying AUM founder Shoko Asahara before sentencing him to death in February was too short. “Considering the large scale of indictments against him, the eight years seems to be very quick,” Kono said at a public forum with Yoshihiro Yasuda, former chief defense lawyer for Asahara, in Tokyo. Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, was sentenced to death on Feb. 27

Yoshiyuki Kono: We have no right to banish ex-Aum followers

Asahi New (Japan), Fe. 6, 2003 (Opinion, Yoshiyuki Kono) http://www.asahi.com/ While the voice of the people may not have the force of the law in an official sense, it can actually be more powerful. It is beyond description how my family and I suffered at the words of neighbors who told us to leave town. I feel sad that society has not learned the lessons of the Matsumoto tragedy. The sarin gas attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in June 1994 left my wife in a coma. Her heart and lungs stopped when she inhaled the poisonous gas, and she had

Victim of Sarin terror attack forgotten by government

AFP, Dec. 16, 2002 http://www.etaiwannews.com/ Sumiko Kono’s eyes move but she does not see — she has been in a semi-vegetative state for the past eight years since surviving — in only the most basic sense — the world’s first terror attack using Nazi-invented sarin gas. The deadly gassing took place on the sultry night of June 27, 1994 in the quiet central Japanese city of Matsumoto, famed for its castle, mountain views and “wasabi” Japanese horseradish. Seven people died and more than 144 were injured. Staged by the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday sect in a bid to kill judges

Wrongly accused, Kono rights wrongs

By NORIHITO SATO, The Asahi Shimbun Asahi News (Japan), July 19, 2002 http://www.asahi.com/english/national/K2002071900321.html Yoshiyuki Kono knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law, unjustly accused. Kono grabbed national headlines in 1994 when police treated him as a suspect in the sarin nerve gas attack in his hometown of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, that left seven people dead and sickened 600. It was a horrific experience. Kono, 52, knew he was innocent, but he was pilloried by the media. His wife Sumiko, 54, remains in a coma to this day after inhaling sarin fumes. Kono said he