Body of executed Aum guru Matsumoto cremated
Jiji -- Jul 10
The body of Chizuo Matsumoto, the founder and former leader of Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, 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 in the eastern part of the Japanese capital.

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, informed 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.

News source: Jiji
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