Suffering from Aum Sarin Attack Still Continues: Victim's Family Member

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Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)--The suffering remains unhealed even following Thursday's executions of all of the six remaining former members of Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo on death row for crimes, a family member of a victim said.

"The executions mark an end under the country's criminal justice system, but our suffering still continues," Shizue Takahashi, who lost her husband due to the cult's 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway system, said at a press conference.

Takahashi's husband, Kazumasa, was a subway worker.

Takahashi said she learned of the latest executions from television news when she was thinking about Toru Toyoda, who sprayed the nerve gas on the subway. "I was upset with the news and felt tense," she said. Toyoda, 50, is one of the six former Aum members executed Thursday.

Takahashi hoped to see Toyoda but the meeting did not happen.

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