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Executed Aum leader cremated

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The body of Chizuo Matsumoto, the founder and former leader of the Aum Supreme Truth cult, was cremated on Monday morning, following his execution last week.

For the incineration, the Justice Ministry transferred the body of Matsumoto, 63, to a crematorium from the Tokyo Detention House in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo.

The ministry plans to hand over the remains of Matsumoto, who went by the name of Shoko Asahara, to his fourth daughter, based on a will shown by him before his execution, sources said. The remains will be kept at the detention center until the handover, the sources said.

The cremation was carried out after the ministry obtained the fourth daughter’s consent, according to the sources.

The ministry has yet to decide related procedures, such as a specific schedule for the handover, as other relatives, including Matsumoto’s 59-year-old wife, have shown their willingness to collect the remains.

The fourth daughter has cut her ties with the cult’s successor groups and effectively severed her relationship with her parents.

Meanwhile, the wife is believed to have relations with Aleph, one of the successor groups, the sources said.Speech

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