Japan Marks 24th Anniversary of Deadly Sarin Attack

Society

Tokyo, March 20 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held in Tokyo on Wednesday to mourn the victims of the deadly sarin gas attack by the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult on the capital's subway system 24 years ago, which killed 13 people and injured over 6,000.

At 8 a.m. (11 p.m. Tuesday GMT), around the time when the sarin attack was carried out in 1995, 16 workers of Tokyo Metro Co.'s Kasumigaseki Station observed a moment of silence at the station in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, one of the attack sites.

Yoshiharu Ogawa, 55-year-old chief of Tokyo Metro's Kasumigaseki service area, laid flowers on an altar.

During the morning rush hour on March 20, 1995, Aum Shinrikyo members released the highly toxic nerve gas on the Hibiya, Marunouchi and Chiyoda lines of the Teito Rapid Transit Authority, the predecessor of Tokyo Metro.

At Kasumigaseki Station, Kazumasa Takahashi, then 50, and Tsuneo Hishinuma, then 51, both employees of the TRTA, died after being heavily exposed to sarin.

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