Daughter of 1995 Japan sarin attack cult guru Shoko Asahara to get his ashes

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

Published: 10th July 2018 12:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2018 01:02 PM   |  A+A-

In this undated file photo, cult guru Shoko Asahara, left, of Aum Shinrikyo walks with Yoshihiro Inoue, then a close aid, in Tokyo. Japanese media reports say on Friday, July 6, 2018, Asahara, who has been on death row for masterminding the 1995 deadly To

By AFP

TOKYO: 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.

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.

Asahara's youngest daughter, whose name has not been made public, is the only one of his 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.

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