Author(s): ligious violence in recent Japan : the case of Aum Shinrikyo? By Reader, Ian
The Tokyo subway assault in March 1995 used to be simply considered one of a chain of felony actions together with homicide, kidnapping, extortion, and the unlawful manufacture of palms and medication performed by means of the Japanese new spiritual motion Aum Shinrikyo, underneath the steering of its chief Asahara Shoko. Reader appears to be like at Aum’s claims about itself and asks, why did a spiritual motion ostensibly focussed on yoga, meditation, asceticism and the pursuit of enlightenment grow to be concerned about violent actions? Reader discusses Aum’s non secular roots, striking it within the context of recent Japanese spiritual patterns. Asahara’s educating are tested from his earliest public pronouncements via to his sermons on the time of the assault, and statements he has made in court docket. In analysing how Aum no longer handiest manufactured nerve gases however built its personal inner doctrinal justifications for the usage of them Reader makes a speciality of the formation of what made all this conceivable: Aum’s inner thought-world, and on how this used to be evolved. Reader argues that in spite of the horrors of this actual case, Aum will have to no longer be noticed as distinctive, nor as only a political or felony terror crew. Rather it may possibly highest be analysed throughout the context of non secular violence, as an excessive instance of a spiritual motion that has created friction with the broader global that escalated into violence.