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Aum Shinri-kyo and Related Controversies

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

2. Related Relevant Articles


"Children of Asahara forced to pay for guru's alleged crimes"
by Hiroshi Matsubara ("Japan Times," December 30, 2000)

"Aum ranks' rights compromised by fear"
by Hiroshi Matsubara ("Japan Times," December 30, 2000)

"Japan: Nerve-Gas Cult Active Online"
(The Associated Press, December 23, 2000)

"AUM becoming 'cyber cult' with Joyu at center: security agency"
(Kyodo News Service, December 23, 2000)

"Law puts brakes on Aum activities"
("Japan Times," December 20, 2000)

Aum suit against Mainichi rejected
("Japan Times," December 19, 2000)

"Tokyo court rejects AUM suit against Mainichi report"
(Kyodo News Service, December 18, 2000)

"Red Army may launch terrorist attack to..."
(Kyodo News Service, December 7, 2000)

"Aum Left 2 Gold Ingots Behind"
("Asahi Shimbun," December 3, 2000)

"Japan says three convicted murderers hanged"
by George Nishiyama (Reuters, November 30, 2000)

"Ex-AUM cultist member Ishii released from Wakayama prison"
(Kyodo News Service, November 18, 2000)

"AUM facility searched for baking bread without license"
(Kyodo News Service, November 15, 2000)

"Tokyo ward wants Aum's Joyu evicted"
("Japan Times," November 10, 2000)

"Tokyo's Katsushika Ward asks AUM's Joyu to leave"
(Kyodo News Service, November 9, 2000)

"Former AUM member gets 8 years for murder"
("Mainichi Shimbun," November 7, 2000)

"Aum's Ouchi gets 8 years for conspiracy"
("Yomiuri Shimbun," November 6, 2000)

"Aum's Russia chief gets 8-year term"
("Asahi Shimbun," November 6, 2000)

"Police raid Todai lab linked to apprehended Aum cultist"
("Japan Times," October 26, 2000)

"University of Tokyo searched for employing arrested AUM cultist"
(Kyodo News Service, October 25, 2000)

"AUM cultist nabbed for allegedly faking resident registration"
(Kyodo News Service, October 24, 2000)

"AUM's Joyu to leave Tokyo apartment next month, cult says"
(Kyodo News Service, October 16, 2000)

"4 charges dropped against Aum leader"
("Yomiuri Shimbun," October 13, 2000)

"Security agency inspects AUM facilities"
(Kyodo News Service, October 13, 2000)

"Death penalty sought for ex-AUM member for sarin attack"
(Kyodo News Service, October 11, 2000)

"Senior AUM member Joyu moves to Tokyo's Kita Ward"
(Kyodo News Service, October 9, 2000)

"Children of Aum's disciples caught in crossfire"
by Hiroshi Ishida Daisuke Nakai ("Asahi Shimbun," October 4, 2000)

"Court to drop AUM drug charges"
("Mainichi Shimbun," October 4, 2000)

"4 charges against AUM guru dropped to speed up trial"
(Kyodo News Service, October 4, 2000)

"Prosecutors to drop 4 charges against AUM founder Asahara"
(Kyodo News Service, October 3, 2000)

"Some charges dropped against doomsday cult guru"
by Elisabeth Duke ("UK-Independent," October 3, 2000)

"4 charges to be dropped to hasten Matsumoto's trial"
("Yomiuri Shimbun," October 3, 2000)

"Nagoya ward accepts residence of regional AUM leader"
(Kyodo News Service, September 30, 2000)

"Yokohama evicts AUM stragglers"
("Mainichi Shimbun," September 22, 2000)

"Released AUM member shifts back to Tokyo"
("Mainichi Shimbun," September 21, 2000)

"Court removes belongings from former AUM office"
(Kyodo News Service, September 21, 2000)

"AUM ex-spokesman Joyu leaves Yokohama, moves to Tokyo"
(Kyodo News Service, September 20, 2000)

"Ex-AUM member wins lawsuit against Asahi newspaper"
(Kyodo News Service, September 18, 2000)

"Two Dozen Treated After Japan Odor"
(Associated Press, September 14, 2000)

"Hate Aum's teachings, not its followers"
("Asahi Shimbun" (Editorial), September 12, 2000)

"AUM bigwigs pay respects to cult victims"
("Mainichi Shimbun," September 12, 2000)

"2 senior AUM members lay flowers for slain lawyer, family"
(Kyodo News Service, September 10, 2000)

"Court orders cultists to vacate"
("Japan Times," September 7, 2000)

"Court orders AUM to vacate Yokohama office"
(Kyodo News Service, September 6, 2000)

"Niiza revokes ban on Aum settlers"
("Yomiuri Shimbun," September 6, 2000)

"Tax bureau rejects complaint from Aum"
("Yomiuri Shimbun," August 22, 2000)

"Aum hands over Tokigawa facilities"
("Japan Times," August 20, 2000)

"AUM vacates 2 buildings in Saitama village"
(Kyodo News Service, August 20, 2000)

"Aum followers down by 10: report"
("Japan Times," August 16, 2000)

"AUM reports 1,140 members, down 10 from May"
(Kyodo News Service, August 15, 2000)

"Aum rulings set line between life and death"
by Hiroshi Matsubara ("Japan Times," August 11, 2000)

"30% of subway gas attack survivors still suffer from stress"
(Kyodo News Service, August 9, 2000)

"Ex-AUM member appeals against death sentence"
(Kyodo News Service, August 4, 2000)

"Aum followers notify village they will vacate cult facility"
("Japan Times," August 3, 2000)

"AUM group notifies Saitama village of moving plans"
(Kyodo News Service, August 2, 2000)

"Japan's creaking justice system catches up with sect killers"
(AFP, July 30, 2000)

"Aum's Hayakawa gets death"
("Asahi Shimbun," July 29, 2000)

"AUM killer gets death"
("Mainichi Shimbun," July 29, 2000)

"AUM's Hayakawa sentenced to die for killing lawyer"
(Kyodo News Service, July 28, 2000)

"Seventh Japan cult member gets death penalty"
by Kazunori Takada (Reuters, July 28, 2000)

"Aum trio in gas attack file appeals"
("Japan Times," July 27, 2000)

"Aum's Hashimoto sentenced to death for murder"
("Yomiuri Shimbun," July 26, 2000)

"Aum figure to hang for Sakamoto killings"
("Japan Times," July 26, 2000)

"AUM cultist gets death for killing lawyer, family"
("Mainichi Shimbun," July 26, 2000)

"Cult Disciple Sentenced to Death in Murders of Lawyer, Family"
("Chicago Tribune," July 25, 2000)

"Japanese Cultist Sentenced to Hang for Killing Lawyer's Family"
(AP, July 25, 2000)

"Executions in Japan: Cultural factors make process far different from capital punishment in U.S."
by Uli Schmetzer ("Chicago Tribune," July 24, 2000)

"Asahara children refused registration by Ibaraki town"
(Kyodo News Service, July 21, 2000)

"AUM death sentences"
("Mainichi Shimbun," (Editorial) July 20, 2000)

"Cultists Sent to Japan's Death Row Netherworld"
by Uli Schmetzer ("Chicago Tribune," July 18, 2000)

"Cult duo in Tokyo gas attack to hang"
by Robert Whymant ("London Times", July 18, 2000)

"Courtroom tense before former cultists sentenced"
("Yomiuri Shimbun," July 18, 2000)

"2 death terms in sarin case"
("Asahi Shimbun," July 18, 2000)

"AUM cultists get death"
("Mainichi Shimbun," July 18, 2000)

"Aum members sentenced to death for subway attack"
("Japan Times," July 18, 2000)

"Key events for Japan's Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult"
(AFP, July 17, 2000)

"Japan cult members sentenced to death for gassing"
by George Nishiyama (Reuters, July 17, 2000)

"Death, life sentences for 3 ex-AUM members"
(Kyodo News Service, July 17, 2000)

"Cultist says Asahara ordered 1,000 machineguns be made"
("Japan Times," July 8, 2000)

"AUM to continue compensation payments to victims"
(Kyodo News Service, July 4, 2000)

"Credit Suisse Tokyo Trial Spawns Tale of Secret Rooms"
(Bloomberg, July 3, 2000)

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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