Japan Cracks Down on Cults

NPR's Eric Weiner reports on the decision by police in Japan to intensify surveillance of cults in the country. With 6,000 registered religious groups in Japan and more and more Japanese people joining them, officials worry that the cultural lure of groups and their charismatic leaders may lead to an increase in dangerous and illegal activities. Also, a leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult was released from prison yesterday. Four years ago, members of the cult killed 12 people and injured 5,000 after releasing sarin gas into the Tokyo subway system.



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