File - In this March 20, 1995, file photo, subway passengers affected by sarin gas planted in the central Tokyo subways are carried into St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Chiaki Tsukumo, File)
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Japan's execution of a doomsday cult leader and his disciples over a 1995 sarin gas attack may draw a line under the horrific saga, but hundreds of people are still signing up to Aum Shinrikyo's successor groups each year, authorities say. The last six members of the cult on death row were hanged Thursday for crimes including the Tokyo subway attack that killed 13, just weeks after the group's near-blind "guru" Shoko Asahara was executed along with six other followers.Self-professed guru Asahara developed the Aum cult in the '80s, attracting over 10,000 followers, including all of the scientists, doctors and engineers who manufactured the group's toxins.Two successor cults, Aleph and Hikarinowa, continue to recruit members and operate openly, which some experts say makes it easier to monitor them.Ito said Japan's complicated religious history had left many people unmoored from their faith and looking for answers.
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