Aum Shinrikyo's Impact on Japanese Society

Aum Shinrikyo's Impact on Japanese Society

by Daniel A. Metraux
     
 
Aum Shinrikyo's sarin gas terrorist attack on Tokyo subway lines in March 1995, and the group's revitalization since the attack and trials, have raised important issues for Japanese society. This work explores questions about why ordinary people joined this bizarre organization, why they chose to stay in or leave the sect, and how the Aum phenomenon reflects a

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Aum Shinrikyo's sarin gas terrorist attack on Tokyo subway lines in March 1995, and the group's revitalization since the attack and trials, have raised important issues for Japanese society. This work explores questions about why ordinary people joined this bizarre organization, why they chose to stay in or leave the sect, and how the Aum phenomenon reflects a growing sense of alienation among younger and middle-aged Japanese. The author is visiting professor at Doshisha Women's College, Japan, and chairman of the Department of Asian Studies at Mary Baldwin College. He has written six books on the Soka Gakkai Buddhist movement in Japan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773477667
Publisher:
Mellen, Edwin Press, The
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Series:
Japanese Studies
Pages:
184

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