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The Double Lives of Japan’s Most Wanted Terrorists

Shortly before 8 a.m. on March 20, 1995, five followers of the doomsday cult Aum Supreme Truth boarded subway trains in central Tokyo. Using umbrellas with sharpened tips, they pierced plastic bags containing lethal quantities of sarin nerve agent, and fled as the liquid evaporated.

As the sarin coursed through packed carriages, passengers started to cough and struggle for breath. Some of those who made it on to platforms and upstairs to street level collapsed, foaming at the mouth and coughing up blood.

The attack killed 13 people and made 6,000 others ill. Many of those poisoned in this and another attack in the city of Matsumoto the previous year, will never fully recover from the damage the gas inflicted on their nervous systems.

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Japan doomsday cultist, Katsuya Takahashi, arrested 17 years after deadly subway gas attack

His trail cold for years, the last fugitive suspected in a doomsday cult’s deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subways in 1995 was caught at a comic book cafe Friday, closing a chapter on Japan’s worst terrorist attack.

He had altered his appearance and reportedly used a fake name and avoided meeting people to evade arrest, but Katsuya Takahashi admitted who he was when approached by police at the cafe in downtown Tokyo.

The former bodyguard for the Aum Shinrikyo cult leader, Takahashi had been on Japan’s most wanted list for years for his suspected participation in the sarin gas attack that killed 13 people and injured about 6,000, shattering Japan’s long-held sense of safety.

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Japan hunting down last fugitive in ’95 subway gas attack

Japan has mobilized thousands of police to hunt for the last fugitive suspected in a doomsday cult’s deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subway 17 years ago.

The long-cold search advanced significantly with the surrender of one fugitive earlier this year and the arrest of another Sunday, leaving only Katsuya Takahashi.

Some 5,000 officers fanned out Friday across the Tokyo area to hand out fresh photos of him and monitor transportation hubs to keep him from escaping the capital.

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Final Aum Shinrikyo Sarin Gas Attack Fugitive Traced to Kawasaki

Katsuya Takahashi, the last Aum Shinrikyo fugitive still on the run for the 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway system, probably lived in a Kawasaki apartment under the name Shinya Sakurai until late last year and may still be in the city, investigative sources said Tuesday.

A security camera in Kawasaki recorded footage of a man resembling Takahashi between Sunday and Tuesday, police said.

They plan to search the Kawasaki apartment for evidence soon and will continue questioning cult fugitive Naoko Kikuchi, 40, who was arrested Sunday in connection with the deadly nerve gas attack, and Hiroto Takahashi, 41, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of harboring her at a home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Japan Arrests Sarin Attack Cult Member, Naoko Kikuchi

One of the two remaining fugitive members of the doomsday cult behind the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo subways was arrested Sunday, Japanese media reports said.

Former senior Aum Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi, 40, had been spotted in Sagamihara city, 30 kilometers 20 miles southwest of Tokyo, and acknowledged who she was when approached by police, according to NHK TV and other media reports, citing investigative sources. She was wanted on charges of murder in the 1995 attack.

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Akemi Saito arrested, Aum Shinrikyo cult fugitive – 1995 Sarin Gas Attack

A woman claiming to have lived with a senior member of the doomsday cult behind the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subways turned herself in and was arrested Tuesday for helping him evade police for nearly 17 years.

Akemi Saito, also a member of Aum Shinrikyo, gave herself up after Makoto Hirata surrendered to police on New Year’s Eve, according to police and Saito’s lawyer.

Hirata has refused to explain how he managed to keep underground for so long despite being one of Japan’s most-wanted fugitives.

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Death Penalty Confirmed for Sarin Gas Attack Chemist

The chemist of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult who concocted the deadly nerve gas that killed a dozen people in the Tokyo subway in 1995 has received his final judgment. Japan’s Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the final appeal by Masami Tsuchiya, one of the top lieutenants who masterminded the fatal attacks, confirming the death sentence passed on him in 2004.

A prison guard looks at prisoner sleeping in his cell at a Japanese prison.

Mr. Tsuchiya was one of 13 cult members sentenced to hang for their part in the chemical attack during the morning rush hour commute in central Tokyo on March 20, 1995: The attack killed 12 people and left up to 6,000 others seeking medical treatment, according to the U.S. State Department. The chemist, now 46, was convicted for his role in developing the liquid sarin used in what was Japan’s most devastating terrorist attack in modern times.

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