AUM SHINRIKYO AND THE FUTURE OF RELIGION IN JAPAN

Robert Kisala

Abstract


We are awash in information about Aum, and details concerning this group and its crimes continue to come to light as the court proceeding against its members. Progress.  What is still lacking, however, is a credible interpretive framework to explain Aum’s development and the motivation of its followers  The media and legal system in Japan seem to have fixed on two theories commonly applied to destructive religious groups in the West namely social tension and mind control.


Keywords


Religion in Japan; Aum Shinrikyo

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/64-0-1494

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