Japanese media reports say doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara, who has been on death row for masterminding the 1995 deadly Tokyo subway gassing and other crimes, has been executed.
Their other crimes include the 1989 murders of an anti-Aum lawyer and his wife and 1-year-old baby and a 1994 sarin attack in the city of Matsumoto in central Japan, which killed seven people and injured more than 140.
The others hanged Friday included two scientists who led the production of the sarin gas and one of the men who carried out the actual attack on the subway.
A riot police officer stands guard outside the Aum Shinrikyo cult headquarters 6th compound as the raids continued on 11 May 1995, searching for the mastermind behind the attacks.
Yoko Kamikawa, the justice minister, said that she had approved the executions... Japan does not take executions lightly, she said at a press conference, but felt they were warranted by the seriousness of the crimes.
This combination of file photos shows, from the top left to right, Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara and his cult members, Tomomasa Nakagawa, Seiichi Endo, and Masami Tsuchiya. "Thinking that makes me feel frustrated", Takahashi said.
He was sentenced to death after a lengthy prosecution during which he regularly delivered rambling and incoherent monologues in English and Japanese.
The following are brief descriptions of three major criminal cases involving the AUM Shinrikyo doomsday cult.
Under intensifying scrutiny from the government, the cult plotted the larger sarin attack on the subways in Tokyo on March 20, 1995.More news: British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns over European Union exit plan
The move drew sharp criticism from some lawmakers as well as Amnesty International, which called capital punishment "the ultimate denial of human rights".
Some Japanese anxious about revenge.
Iwata said she has always wondered why it had to be her daughter.
The sarin gas subway attack killed 13 people and sickened more than 6,000.
The Supreme Court rejected their appeals in January.
He was sentenced to death in 2004, one of 13 cult members who ended up on death row and the first to be executed. He also said he had travelled forward in time to 2006 and talked to people then about what World War Three had been like. However, ultimately, the death penalty was given to Shoko Asahara and others high in the chain of this organization.
He said that more than 10 years after he left the cult, he had "no special feeling" for Asahara, but had still been somewhat nervous about the potential repercussions for criticizing him in public.
Over the years, the group managed to lure in followers from some of Japan's top universities and boasted some 10,000 followers in Japan and another 30,000 in Russian Federation.