They are on death row after being convicted of involvement in a series of crimes committed by AUM Shinrikyo
cult members, including the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system that killed 13 people and injured thousands.
Nearly 200 Aum Shinrikyo
members have been convicted in connection with the sarin attack and other crimes, and 13 are awaiting execution.
Takahashi was the bodyguard for the Aum Shinrikyo
doomsday cult and was wanted for his connection to the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, which killed 13 people.
The Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported that the 40-year-old women had been identified conspired with Asahara and other AUM Shinrikyo
cult members made the gas attack on Tokyo subway in rush hour, killing 11 people and injuring about 5500.
, known for its sarin nerve gas attacks in the Tokyo subway in 1995 and in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture in 1994, renamed itself Aleph in 2000.
Though the Japanese police had evidence that Aum Shinrikyo
was producing chemical weapons, they couldn't prosecute because no Japanese law specifically banned manufacture of poison gas
He asserted that the shooting was ''an organized and thoroughly planned terrorist act by members of Aum Shinrikyo
under the instructions of the guru Chizuo Matsumoto.
Like many other religious groups, Aum Shinrikyo
participated in the Japanese quest for human freedom in an increasingly materialized society yet with dissipating economic promises.
Multiple-locus, variable-number tandem repeat analysis found all isolates to be identical to a strain used in Japan to vaccinate animals against anthrax, which was consistent with the Aum Shinrikyo
members' testimony about the strain source.
A sample of mysterious ooze has shed new light on the use of biological weapons in 1993 by the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo
Rereading that issue now, one is struck by the continuing relevance and applicability of many of the authors' insights, especially after a quarter century bearing such fanatical stains as Aum Shinrikyo
, Rwanda, and 9-11.
On March 20, 1995, several teams of Aum Shinrikyo
sect members released aqueous solutions containing highly toxic sarin gas in five Tokyo subway lines during morning rush hour.
It is written by a scholar of Japanese religions with extensive experience in Japan and draws on the best scholarly literature on Aum Shinrikyo
Also named are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who three suspected IRA men were caught visiting earlier this year, and the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo
group which carried out the Tokyo metro nerve gas attack.
On 20 March 1995, members of the Aum Shinrikyo
religious cult released sarin in the Tokyo subway, using umbrellas to puncture newspaper-wrapped bags of the gas as they left the trains.