Daughter of Japan sarin attack cult guru Shoko Asahara to get his ashes

Shoko Asahara was executed on July 6, 2018, for his role in the 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway and other crimes.
Shoko Asahara was executed on July 6, 2018, for his role in the 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway and other crimes.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TOKYO (AFP) - The youngest daughter of Shoko Asahara, the executed head of the Aum Shinrikyo cult behind a deadly 1995 sarin attack, has agreed to collect his cremated remains, she said on Tuesday (July 10).

Her statement comes after reports of a battle between other members of Ashara's family, including his wife, for his remains.

His wife and several other children remain in an Aum successor cult.

His youngest daughter, whose name has not been made public, is the only one of Asahara's children to break with the successor group.

"I was very surprised, but I have decided to accept his will as my father's last message," she said in a statement posted on her lawyer's blog.

She urged her relatives and his followers to accept the decision and called on cult members to "put an end to the Aum and stop hating society".

The announcement comes a day after Japanese authorities cremated 63-year-old Asahara, amid fears that his death could be used to reboot the cult.

 
 

Jiji news agency said Asahara's remains would stay at the detention centre where he was executed for now because of fears that his daughter could be assaulted by his followers if she came to collect them.

The near-blind leader, whose real name was Chizuru Matsumoto, was executed Friday for his role in the 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway and other crimes.

The subway attack killed 13 people and injured thousands.

Six other members of the cult remain on death row.