Shoko Asahara

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 An undated  photo  shows cult leader Shoko Asahara (centre, back) with his wife Tomoko (left, front) and daughter Archery (centre, front) along with members of his  inner group of disciples. Phootograph:  EPA/HO

Japan has executed six more members of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, which carried out the deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995. Al(...)

Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara, photographed in 1990: was described as a malignant Pied Piper, a half-blind guru who claimed to have supernatural powers, including the ability to float above the ground. Photograph: EPA

Japan’s government has executed the man who masterminded the deadly 1995 chemical attack on Tokyo’s subway system, formally ending one of the nation’s(...)

Shoko Asahara following an interrogation in Tokyo in 1995. Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows for an attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes. Photograph: Kyodo News/AP

Some people joke they have parents from hell. In Rika Matsumoto’s case it seems to be true. Matsumoto’s family broke up two decades ago after her fat(...)

Journalists crowd in front of a residential care facility for disabled people in Sagamihara, near Tokyo, where a man stabbed residents on Tuesday morning, killing at least 19. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Mass killings are rare in Japan. Guns are heavily restricted and almost impossible to come by outside of the closed world of yakuza gangsters: police (...)