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Japan Terrorism Profile 2019

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Terrorist groups - home based
Aum Shinrikyo (AUM):

aim(s): attract new members seeking religious guidance and exhibiting a willingness to financially support the organization; historically, leaders sought to overthrow the Japanese Government and to spark a nuclear war between Japan and the US to create a global Armageddon, 'cleansing' the world so its members could achieve salvation

area(s) of operation:
headquartered in the north in Hokkaido; also operates in Russia

note: in November 2017, Japanese police raided the offices of a “successor” group to AUM; AUM leader Shoko ASAHARA was executed in July 2018

(2019)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on December 7, 2019