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Continued surveillance sought for Aum-linked groups

  • November 20, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 4:40 p.m.
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Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press) — Japan’s Public Security Intelligence Agency requested Monday an extension of the surveillance period for groups deriving from the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult for three more years.

The agency filed the request with the Public Security Examination Commission, which is affiliated with the Justice Ministry.

If approved, the surveillance period, currently set to expire in January 2018, would be extended for the sixth time, until 2021.

During such a surveillance period, authorities can conduct on-site inspections of designated groups under the country’s law regulating organizations that have carried out indiscriminate mass murder.

The three groups are Aleph, which is Aum’s successor organization, “Hikari no Wa,” which is a splinter group of Aleph, and another group recently separated from Aleph, called “Yamada-ra no Shudan.”

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