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Aum Shinri-kyo and Related Controversies

1. Killing Fields: Lifton, Brainwashing, and Aum Shinri-kyo

2. Related Relevant Articles

"Japan Cult Leader Expresses Remorse"
("Associated Press", December 30, 1999)

"Japanese Cult Rising Again: Aum Gathers Recruits, Profits After '95 Gas Attack"
by Kathryn Tolbert ("The Washington Post", December 29, 1999)

"AUM bigwig vows to stick to spiritual matters"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 29, 1999)

"Aum doomsday cult's flamboyant spokesman returns"
("Agence France Presse", December 28, 1999)

"Aum offers sarin apology"
("Asahi Shimbun", December 28, 1999)

"Locals give AUM law mixed review"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 28, 1999)

"Japanese police want Aum sect placed under surveillance"
("Agence France Presse", December 27, 1999)

"Japan seeks further restrictions on doomsday cult"
("Agence France Presse", December 27, 1999)

"National crackdown begins on Aum cult"
("Asahi Shimbun", December 27, 1999)

"Law shrouds AUM in doom"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 27, 1999)

"Lawyers seek death penalty for cultist"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 25, 1999)

"Focus magazine staff fined over trespassing"
("Kyodo News Service", December 24, 1999)

"Death penalty sought for ex-AUM member Inoue"
("Kyodo News Service", December 24, 1999)

"Aum gives trustee funds for redress"
("Japan Times", December 21, 1999)

"Prosecutors seek death penalty for cultist in lawyer's slaying"
("Japan Times", December 17, 1999)

"Death penalty sought for AUM suspect in lawyer's murder"
(Kyodo News Service, December 17, 1999)

"Court ups heat on AUM"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 16, 1999)

"Death penalty sought for ex-AUM member Hashimoto"
(Kyodo News Service, December 15, 1999)

"Diet enacting bills for small firms, anti-AUM, ends"
(Kyodo News Service, December 15, 1999)

"Court stops Nagano village from buying AUM premises"
(Kyodo News Service, December 15, 1999)

"AUM employs shady real estate firm"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 14, 1999)

"Japan Cult Leader To Be Released"
by Joji Sakurai (Associated Press, December 14, 1999)

"Death sought for Aum suspect"
("Asahi Shimbun", December 11, 1999)

"AUM vacates building in Tokyo's Suginami Ward"
(Kyodo News Service, December 10, 1999)

"Death sought for ex-AUM member over sarin attacks"
(Kyodo News Service, December 10, 1999)

"AUM has potential to repeat terrorist acts"
(Kyodo News Service, December 8, 1999)

"Death demanded for AUM suspects"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 8, 1999)

"Death sentences sought for 2 Aum attackers"
("Asahi Shimbun", December 8, 1999)

"Adherents of Armageddon (Review of Robert Lifton's book "Destroying the World to Save It)"
by Gary Anderson ("Washington Times", December 7, 1999)

"Prosecutors demand death for cultists in subway attack"
("Japan Times", December 7, 1999)

"Two anti-Aum laws promulgated"
("Japan Times", December 7, 1999)

"Prosecutors seek death, life in jail for 3 AUM members"
(Kyodo News Service, December 7, 1999)

"2 bills enacted to tighten grip on AUM"
by Yuji Kobayashi ("Mainichi Shimbun", December 4, 1999)

"Crocodile tears from AUM?"
("Mainichi Shimbun", December 4, 1999)

"AUM apology"
(Editorial, "Mainichi Shimbun", December 4, 1999)

"Japanese Parliament Passes Bills to Limit Aum Cult Activities"
(Bloomberg, December 3, 1999)

"Anti-cult bill passes"
("Asahi Shimbun", December 3, 1999)

"Cult feeling the heat as Crackdown Laws Debut"
by Kanako Takahara ("Japan Times", December 3, 1999)

"Japan OKs Laws To Restrain Cult"
(Associated Press, December 3, 1999)

"Aum admits role in crimes The cult says it will provide `as much compensation as possible' to its victims, but gives no details"
("Asahi Shimbun", December 2, 1999)

"Cult in Gas Attack Apologizes, But the Japanese Are Skeptical"
("The New York Times", December 2, 1999)

"Japanese premier vows to crack down on Aum cult despite apology"
("Agence France Presse", December 2, 1999)

"Japanese Cult Admits Culpability Families of Nerve Gas Victims Say Apology Comes Too Late"
by Shigeyoshi Kimura ("The Washington Post", December 2, 1999)

"Aum Cult Admits Involvement in 1995 Tokyo Gassing, Papers Say"
("Bloomberg", December 2, 1999)

"Japan sect apologises for gas attack"
("BBC News", December 1, 1999)

"Japan cult apologises for subway gas attack"
by Yvonne Chang ("Reuters", December 1, 1999)

"Japan Cult Sorry for Gas Attack"
("Associated Press", December 1, 1999)

"AUM cult admits culpability for series of crimes"
("Kyodo News Service", December 1, 1999)

"AUM admits responsibility for series of attacks"
("Kyodo News Service", December 1, 1999)

"Father of lawyer killed by AUM dies"
("Kyodo News Service", November 28, 1999)

"Inspection on AUM facilities yields candles, matches"
("Kyodo News Service", November 25, 1999)

"Crushing the Cult of Doom In protest: Local residents of Otawara, a town 80 miles north of Tokyo, demand the removal of the Aum cult from their city (Toru Yamanaka - AFP)  
Four years after the subway gas attack, Japan prepares police and citizens alike for war on Aum Shinrikyo. Is this overkill?"
by George Wehrfritz ("Newsweek International", November 22, 1999)

"Japan parliament set to pass doomsday cult law"
("Reuters", November 18, 1999)

"Japanese Diet committee approves anti-cult bills"
("Agence France Presse", November 17, 1999)

"Sect leader's wife pleads for apology"
(France Presse, November 10, 1999)

Japanese Gov't Approves Cult Law
("Associated Press", November 3, 1999)

"Japan Drafts Bill to Control Some Cults by Year's End"
by Calvin Sims ("New York Times", November 3, 1999)

"Psycho-dissection bares menace of the madman with a weapon"
(NY Times' review of Lifton's book - See our own review)
by Richard Bernstein ("The New York Times", November 1, 1999)

"Japanese Cities Try Buying Out a Cult"
by Calvin Sims ("The New York Times", September 12, 1999)

"In Fury, Japan Invades a Cult's Rights"
by Calvin Sims ("The New York Times", August 27, 1999)

2. Alternative Views

"Japan's Imperial-Era Society: From the Anti-AUM Movement to the Elimination of all Heterodoxies"
a report by Kenichi Asano (Professor of Journalism, Doshisha University)

"The "De-nationalization" of AUM Followers: Its Hidden Political Purpose"
("Tsukuru", November 1999) 
by Masaaki Fukuda (Professor of Law, Hitotsubashi University)

Aum's Own Website: http://info.aleph.to


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