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

"Police chief shooting case tied to Japan subway gassing dropped Mari Yamaguchi" (AP, March 30, 2010)

Report: "Sarin gas attack victims higher" ("UPI," March 11, 2010)

"Aum tip preceded attack: Kunimatsu" ("Kyodo News," February 22, 2010)

"Doomsday cult member faces execution" (AFP, January 19, 2010)

"Death penalty for cult member" (AFP, December 10, 2009)

"Killer sects: Eternal life and promised land in return of money and soul" ("Pravda", July 08, 2008)

"Report: Daughters of jailed Japanese doomsday cult leader sue over prison care" (AP, December 29, 2007)

"State likely to pay Aum redress" ("Asahi Shimbun," November 27, 2007)

"LDP eyes 'solatium' for Aum victims" ("Yomiuri Shimbun," November 26, 2007)

"Bar federation recommends psychiatric care for Aum founder" ("Asahi Shimbun," November 15, 2007)

"Police arrest 6 more women in sect death" (AP, October 27, 2007)

"Cult member gets death penalty" (AFP, October 26, 2007)

"Ex-leader of Japan doomsday cult says sorry" (AFP, September 20, 2007)

"Asahara daughters, lawyers lose damages suit against state, doctor" ("Kyodo," July 27, 2007)

"Japan's top court upholds death penalty for subway gas attacker" (AFP, July 20, 2007)

"Tokyo High Court upholds former cult doctor's death sentence in 1995 subway gassing" by Kozo Mizoguchi (AP, July 13, 2007)

"Death sentence upheld for Japanese cultist" (AFP, May 31, 2007)

"Aum offshoot reports founding" ("Asahi," May 08, 2007)

"Leader of breakaway group vows to distance it from Japanese doomsday cult" (AP, March 08, 2007)

"Ex-cult spokesman to start new group" (Reuters, March 05, 2007)

"AUM death cult's mouthpiece Joyu to form splinter cult" ("Mainichi Daily News," February 26, 2007)

"Faith in Aum guru resurges as Joyu moves to form his own group" by Hiroshi Matsubara ("IHT/Asahi," February 03, 2007)

"AUM cult members visit 1995 subway sarin attack site" ("Kyodo," January 06, 2007)

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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