CESNUR - Center for Studies on New Religions directed by Massimo Introvigne

Shoko AsaharaAum Shinri-kyo and Related Controversies

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

A Review of Robert Jay Lifton's "Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence and the New Global Terrorism" (Metropolitan Books Henry Holt and Company, New York 1999) by Massimo Introvigne.

2. Related Relevant Articles

"Japan doomsday cult member walks free but convicted over fundraising" (AFP, December 25, 2005)

"Asahara appeal fate tied to coming exam results" ("Japan Times," December 15, 2005)

"Court rejects request for Asahara's transfer despite prison effect" ("Kyodo," November 30, 2005)

"AUM cultist Tsuchiya pleads not guilty again at high court" ("Kyodo," November 30, 2005)

"Security agency asks for 3-yr extension of AUM surveillance" ("Kyodo," November 25, 2005)

"Japanese cult guru unfit to face appeals trial: lawyers" by George Nishiyama (Reuters, November 11, 2005)

"Rare defector to N. Korea returns home to Japan" (AP, November 03, 2005)

"2 Aum camps vying for ascendancy" ("The Yomiuri Shimbun," November 01, 2005)

"Security agency to request 3-year extension of AUM surveillance" ("Kyodo," October 15, 2005)

"Asahara's lawyers refute court's criticism over no appeal document" ("Kyodo," September 15, 2005)

"Court starts process for psychiatric exams of AUM founder Asahara" ("Kyodo," September 12, 2005)

"Court raps Asahara's lawyers over appeal document" ("Kyodo," September 02, 2005)

"Lawyers for AUM cult founder Asahara miss appeal deadline" ("Kyodo," August 31, 2005)

"Aum takes in 30 million yen with summer seminar series" ("Japan Times," August 21, 2005)

"Tokyo court mulling psychiatric exam on AUM founder Asahara" ("Kyodo," August 19, 2005)

"Police suspect Joyu may try to retake Aum's helm" ("Japan Times," August 15, 2005)

"Japanese cult plans social welfare services" ("Yomiuri Shimbun," August 04, 2005)

"Defense files 2nd request to suspend trial of AUM founder Asahara" ("Kyodo," July 29, 2005)

"Aum member should be indicted over 1995 blast: Prosecution inquest" ("Kyodo," June 24, 2005)

"Kin demands detained AUM founder Asahara be treated at hospital" ("Kyodo," June 21, 2005)

"Police arrest AUM Shinrikyo cult leader over worker dispatch" ("Kyodo," June 16, 2005)

"Japanese doomsday cult on drive to double membership: investigation expert" (AFP, June 2, 2005)

"Japanese doomsday cultists arrested for illegal IT service" ("AFX," May 26, 2005)

"Death sentence for ex-Aum cultist stands" ("Kyodo," May 08, 2005)

"Cult pair convicted for beating death" (AFP, April 26, 2005)

"Security agency inspects 39 Aum-linked facilities in 2004" ("Kyodo," April 22, 2005)

"Okazaki prays for souls of his victims" by Kiyotaka Iwata ("The Asahi Shimbun," April 8, 2005)

"Japan's top court gives go-ahead to execute first doomsday cult member" (AFP, April 07, 2005)

"Aum splinter group members found guilty of hiding woman's death" ("Kyodo," March 29, 2005)

"Village eyes preserving Aum files" ("Yomiuri Shimbun," March 22, 2005)

"Japan Marks Sarin Attack 10th Anniversary" by Komako Akai (AP, March 20, 2005)

"10 years on, public still fears Aum" ("Yomiuri Shimbun," March 16, 2005)

"10 years after Aum sarin attacks, pseudo-religions thriving in Japan" by Tim Hornyak ("Japan Today," March 13, 2005)

"Car dealer found guilty over AUM-related sales of skin ointment" ("Kyodo," February 18, 2005)

"Attempted murder victim hopes ex-AUM member is not executed" ("Kyodo," February 18, 2005)

"Facts lost if AUM members executed before founder, ex-cultist warns" ("Kyodo," February 17, 2005)

"4 ex-AUM members, 2 others guilty of unauthorized medicine sales" ("Kyodo," January 27, 2005)

"High court pushes back deadline for documents in Asahara appeal" ("Kyodo," January 7, 2005)

"Cult calls off 'hot water training' after death" (AFP, January 3, 2005)

3. 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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