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State `must pay' for sarin attacks

A victims’ group called Thursday on the government to pay compensation to survivors and bereaved family members of those killed by Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. The plea by Shizue Takahashi, head of the Subway Sarin Incident Victims Association, came on the eve of the Tokyo District Court’s ruling against cult founder Chizuo Matsumoto, after a nearly eight-year trial. Takahashi spoke during a luncheon meeting held at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. “Many survivors and bereaved families are continuing to suffer physical, mental or economical hardships as Aum cannot pay compensation due to its bankruptcy. The government should set up a compensation system as part of (its) anti-terrorist measures,” she said. Her husband, Kazumasa, died in the 1995 incident. Full Story

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