The chemical weapon attacks allegedly served as an omen for greater disasters, which the Japanese religious cult Aum Shinri Kyo
hoped eventually would ignite a world war.
He named the Mormons - which he called ``mold and filth'' - and the Japanese cult Aum Shinri Kyo
as two that should be prohibited immediately to protect the country from ``cultural expansionism.
Members of the Aum Shinri Kyo
cult are on trial for that attack, and several cult suspects remain at large.
Approaching the fourth anniversary of the deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, the Aum Shinri Kyo
doomsday cult is coming back to life.
Ikuo Hayashi (51), a heart surgeon and one of the main leaders of the Aum Shinri Kyo
, or Supreme Truth cult, was sentenced to life in prison, allowing him a chance for parole in about 20 years.