International Terrorism Since 1945 Episode 17 (British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

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March 20th 1995 Tokyo

Robert Powell March the 20th 1995 , Tokyo , early morning. In a nightmare scenario, a deadly

Nazi nerve gases just been released on the city’s subway system. It’s the height of the rush hour

and the trains are packed with commuters. 12 people died from the effects of the gas, more than

50 fall seriously ill and thousands more will suffer from the lingering after effects, many of them

for years to come. But who has carried out the worst attack on Japan since the end of World War

II and why?



narrated by ROBERT POWELL THE JAPANESE SARIN CULT March 20th 1995 Tokyo

Robert Powell March the 20th 1995 , Tokyo . The city’s emergency services are at full stretch

dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist gas attack on a number of subway trains. As the terrified

choking passengers are brought to the surface, many of them collapsed desperately gasping for

breath. Others have rushed to hospitals throughout the city, where medical staff do their best to

deal with the growing list of casualties. They’re almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of

people involved. At the time no one knew what they were dealing with or how to treat the

stricken patients. It would transpire that the authorities had been warned nine months earlier that

a gas attack on the subway system was eminent. However, they were totally unprepared for

something on such a huge scale. Now, as he watches the news reports on television, one man

realizes what has caused such widespread suffering. Dr. Nobuo Yanagisawa , Head of the

Shinshu University Medical School immediately recognizes the symptoms of one of the world’s

most lethal poisons, Sarin gas developed by the Nazis in World War II. He starts faxing the

hospitals with details of how to treat the victims of the attack. But is the Tokyo hospitals carried

scarcely any Sarin antidote, supplies had to be rushed in from the country hospitals, but it was

used as an antidote in cases of insecticide or herbicide poison. By now forensic experts are

crawling over every inch of the carriages, which had been hit looking for clues. And as the

world’s busiest subway system grinds to a temporary halt, the Japanese police launched the

greatest manhunt in their country’s history. They are determined to find the terrorists behind the

outrage and bring them swiftly to justice. Now, the authorities know they’re dealing with a Sarin

gas attack suspicion immediately falls on a shadowy sinister organization known as Aum

Shinrikyo. On June the 27th the previous year, a small group of Aum Shinrikyo supporters

arrived in the city of Matsumoto , about 200 miles northwest of Tokyo . Driving a refrigerator

truck through a quiet residential district, they released a cloud of Sarin into the warm night air.

As the gas floats through open windows and doors, the attackers escaped before anyone realizes

what’s happening. In their wake(ph) they left seven people for dead and another 150 some of

them seriously ill needing hospital treatment. A short time later, Japanese authorities invited a

number of US chemical warfare specialist to Matsumoto , where they quickly identified the gas

used in the attack as Sarin. As the American experts examine the evidence they’re firmly

convinced that the Matsumoto attack was no more than a test draft(ph).

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