Japan to Keep Records of Aum-Linked Trials Permanently


Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa suggested Friday that the records of trials for some 190 former Aum Shinrikyo members and their interrogations over a series of crimes committed by the doomsday cult will be kept permanently.

At a press conference, Kamikawa said she plans to designate the records as criminal references in order to keep them permanently in principle.

It is the first time that the justice minister has revealed the designation of any record as criminal references.

In the past, 722 cases were designated, but no details have been unveiled.

The crimes committed by the cult were "unprecedented and should never happen again," Kamikawa said. "Passing down the records to future generations is also my important responsibility."

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