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Date:2007 April 25, 10:05 (Wednesday) Canonical ID:07TOKYO1856_a
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To:Central Intelligence Agency | Japan Fukuoka | Japan Naha | Japan Osaka-Kobe | Japan Sapporo | Secretary of State

Classified By: Charge d'Affaires, a.i., Joe Donovan, reasons 1.4(b),(c)

1. (C) Summary: Aum Shinrikyo head Chizuo Matsumoto (AKA
Shoko Asahara) and his followers involved in the 1995 sarin
gas attack on the Tokyo subway system are unlikely to be
executed within the next five years, according to multiple
Japanese government officials. As of late April 2007, the
Public Security Intelligence Agency (PSIA) is unaware of any
evidence suggesting Aum members will conduct criminal acts in
reprisal for Asahara's execution. Some members, however, may
commit suicide following his execution. Aum members will
remain under close surveillance until all Aum-related trials
are completed and sentences implemented. End Summary.

Asahara Trial and Sentencing
2. (C) Aum Shinrikyo head Chizuo Matsumoto (AKA Shoko
Asahara) is unlikely to be executed for at least five to
eight years, according to multiple Public Security
Intelligence Agency (PSIA) officials. Although he was
convicted and sentenced to death in September 2006 for his
role in the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway
system, two major factors will push back the execution.
First, 11 Aum Shinrikyo-related cases are still active and
Asahara is a suspect in four of them. The Japanese Supreme
Court is reviewing three of the cases and the High Court is
reviewing the fourth case. His execution will not be
conducted until the pending cases are resolved. The second
factor delaying his execution is the backlog in the number of
people currently awaiting execution. Approximately 103
inmates are now on death row and 78 are ahead of him,
according to PSIA officials.

3. (C) Asahara has exhausted all appeal options and the
death penalty sentence is final. He will be able to petition
for a retrial, however, if the defense counsel presents new
evidence, PSIA officials cautioned. The trial for Seiichi
Endo, who is currently appealing his capital punishment
sentence, is being watched closely by PSIA because
co-defendant Hideo Murata testified that it was Endo, not
Asahara, who planned the sarin gas attack. Murata's
testimony could possibly be used as new evidence, leading to
a retrial for Asahara, according to PSIA.

Status of Aum Member Co-Defendants
4. In addition to Asahara, the following 12 Aum members have
been found guilty and sentenced to death: Kazuaki Miyamae,
Masato Yokoyama, Yoshihiro Inoue, Yasuo Hayashi, Toru Toyoda,
Kenichi Hirose, Satoru Hashimoto, Kiyohide Hayakawa,
Tomomitsu Niimi, Seiichi Endo, Tomomasa Nakagawa, and Masami
Tsuchiya. Out of the above 12 members, only Miyamae had his

death sentence finalized, and is unable to appeal, according
to PSIA officials. The remaining members are either in
various stages of the appeal process, or are possible
witnesses in other cases. Members will not be executed
until: a) they have run out of appeals and b) they are no
longer potential witnesses in other trials, according to
multiple PSIA officials.

5. (C) Tomomitsu Niimi, of particular interest to PSIA and
the National Police Agency due to his continuing strong
influence on Aum members, was sentenced to death at the
conclusion of his first trial. He is currently appealing his
death sentence at the Supreme Court and is being monitored
closely by PSIA.

Timing of Executions
6. (C) Japanese government officials declined to directly
answer questions related to when the first Aum members would
likely be executed, but noted that in general, it takes an
average of five to eight years before a prisoner on death row
is executed. When asked about the possible order in which
the members would likely be executed, PSIA officials hinted
that Asahara would likely be executed before his followers.
Next would likely be someone whose sentence has been
finalized and who no longer has information or value as a
witness (possibly Miyamae).

PSIA Surveillance on Aum Shinrikyo
7. (C) PSIA has been conducting special surveillance on Aum

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Shinrikyo members and facilities since the sarin gas attack
trials began. As of late April 2007, PSIA officials believe
that one group of Aum advocates may be contemplating a rescue
attempt to free Asahara from incarceration. A second group
may be considering suicide when notified of his death
following execution. There is also apparently a small group
that believes the Japanese government will overturn Asahara's
sentence as part of a divine miracle. There is no evidence,
however, to suggest Aum members will conduct criminal acts in
reprisal for Asahara's execution, PSIA officials repeatedly
emphasized. Aum members will remain under close surveillance
until all trials are completed and sentences implemented.

Background on Judicial System and the Death Penalty
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8. (SBU) The head of the Ministry of Justice must sign an
execution order before any execution can be carried out. It
is not uncommon for Justice Ministers to decline to sign
death warrants due to personal or religious reasons, as was
the case with former Minister Sugiura Seiken. Current MOJ
Minister Nagase Jinen demonstrated his willingness to
implement the death penalty by authorizing four executions
that were carried out on December 25, 2006.

9. (C) Japan closely guards information related to pending
executions. Death-row inmates are not notified of their
execution date until the day of execution. Families of
condemned prisoners are not notified of the execution until
after the fact. After an execution takes place and family
members collect the remains, Ministry of Justice notifies the
public that an execution has taken place, but does not
release the name of the prisoner without family consent.
Condemned prisoners are held in solitary confinement on death
row for an average of seven years and five months before

10. (C) Comment: Ministry of Justice officials are very
guarded in their discussions on Aum Shinrikyo. During
multiple meetings in March and April, Embassy Tokyo queried
Ministry of Justice, PSIA (the organization within the
Ministry responsible for keeping tabs on Aum), and National
Police Agency officials for updated information on the trials
of Aum members involved in the 1997 sarin subway attack in
Tokyo. Japanese government officials remain hesitant to
share information not already publicly available. Most of
the information we received from our interlocutors was
identical to the information published in the unclassified
January 2007 PSIA annual report titled "Review and Prospect
of Internal and External Situations."



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