Shoko Asahara (麻原 彰晃, Asahara Shōkō, March 2, 1955 ー July 6, 2018), born Chizuo Matsumoto (松本 智津夫, Matsumoto Chizuo), was a Japanese terrorist. He was the founder of the Japanese doomsday cult group Aum Shinrikyo. Asahara was convicted for being the mastermind behind the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack and several other crimes, for which he was sentenced to death in 2004.
March 2, 1955
Yatsushiro, Kumamoto, Japan
|Died||July 6, 2018 (aged 63)|
Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan
|Occupation||Religious leader, founder of Aum Shinrikyo|
|Criminal charge(s)||Murder, terrorism|
|Criminal penalty||Death by hanging|
|Spouse(s)||Tomoko Matsumoto (renamed “Akari Matsumoto” after her release from prison)|
- "Execution of Aum founder likely postponed". asiaone News. The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network. June 5, 2012. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014.
- "Aum Shinrikyo: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara". BBC News. July 6, 2018.
- "Aum Shinrikyo guru Shoko Asahara hanged for mass murder: reports". The Japan Times. July 6, 2018.
- Aleph: the organization's official website, with an English section
- A Japan Times article about two documentary films on Aleph.
-  BBC link & photos
- IMDB: Documentary films A (1998) and A2 (2001) by Tatsuya Mori