Compiled and edited
for Deep Times by David H. Stern, M.D.
Hiroyuki Jo, a 29 year old ethnic Korean, was flanked by two
assistants. As his target approached, Jo turned towards one of his
accomplices who handed him a large kitchen knife concealed inside a
briefcase. The threesome pushed themselves to the fore, isolating
their target. With an expert strike, Jo slashed the victimís left
wrist - a techniques that opens the victim to a fatal stab. Having
rendered his prey defenseless, the assassin lunged for the kill,
repeatedly thrusting the knife deep into the abdomen. The entire
scene was caught on live TV news cameras and in front of hundreds of
journalists from around the world.
The last utterance of Hideo Murai, following multiple stab
wounds was "Yudaya." Translated as "Judea," this led to
intense speculation. Aum press spokesman, Fumihoro Joyu
later revealed that this was a codeword. According to
investigative reporter Yoichi Shimatsu Clark, its
significance partly lies in the Jewish stateís Star of David
emblem - the six-pointed star. This is also the symbol of
Japanís imperial household. Inside the grounds of the
Imperial Palace is a guarded facility boasting thousands of
six-pointed stars. It was here that representatives of Aum
met with other shadowy but powerful individuals then in
government to discuss methods of acquiring the most advanced
weapons technology. The order to assassinate Murai also
originated from this building, it is now believed.
His assignment completed, the
killer patiently stood waiting to be arrested, as his two
assistants melted invisibly into the crowd. The
assassination was orchestrated by the Yamaguchi-gumi, part
of the feared Japanese crime syndicate known as
The victim was Hideo Murai, the science and technology
minister of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo.
Just a few weeks prior to the attack, Aum had received
international condemnation as the terrorist group that
released the deadly nerve gas, Sarin, into the Tokyo subway
system. When it comes to
Aum Shinrikyo, almost anything is
possible. But some serious journalists and independent
scientists who have investigated the shadowy background of
Aum, are unraveling sinuous connections that leap-frog the
Aum story into another league altogether.
These focus on claims that Aum were intimately involved in
the research and development of futuristic doomsday weapons
that make todayís nuclear missiles look like childrenís
toys. These weapons, they believe, are so advanced that they
donít "officially" exist in the armories of the major
powers. These involve the use of Tesla Electromagnetic
pulse, earthquake inducing and Plasma weapons being covertly
tested in remote regions of the world.
Laying at the centre of these
allegations are a series of powerful earthquakes, strange
fireballs and aerial lights manifesting above
Australia. They also revolve around the major January 1995
quake which laid waste to the Japanese City of Kobe.
The latter resulted in the crash of the
Tokyo stock exchange - itself directly leading to the collapse of
Englandís spook-infested Barings Bank. Suggestions that the
event may have been caused by a laser-powered seismic weapon
continue to circulate.
possessed an IQ higher than Einsteinís and was considered to have
been the most intelligent Japanese who ever lived. His role within
Aum Shinrikyo was the development of extremely sophisticated weapons
of mass destruction. These included an advanced laser-powered
seismic device capable of generating massive earthquakes. Some weeks
before his death, Murai was present at a press conference in Tokyoís
Foreign Press Club, where Aumís charismatic guru, Shoko Asahara,
claimed that the massive earthquake that devastated the City of Kobe
was an act of war. As incredible as these assertions appear, they
are not without some substance.
Extraordinarily, Asahara had predicted the Kobe quake nine days
before the event. In an 8 January 1995 radio broadcast, Asahara
stated "Japan will be attacked by an earthquake in 1995. The most
likely place is Kobe." Murai also adhered to this view.
Murai presented his allegation in an April 7 1995 news conference at
the Foreign Correspondent Club in Japan. In answer to questions
about the Kobe quake, Murai said "There is a strong possibility of
the activation of an earthquake using electromagnetic power, or
somebody may have used a device that applied force inside the
Earth." The Aum leadership believed the Kobe quake an act of war:
"The City of Kobe was hit by a surprise attack..." they claimed,
adding the City was an "...appropriate guinea pig."
Aumís singular interest in weapons of mass destruction - including
sophisticated earthquake, weather and plasma weapons - were
considered serious enough to launch a special investigation by the
US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Chaired by
Senator Sam Nunn, the committee spent five months conducting
hundreds of interviews of "both government and private individuals."
These included classified briefings from numerous US intelligence
agencies. Their findings were published in an October 1995, 100 page
report on the Aum cult.
and the "Moonies"
charismatic guru, Shoko Asahara, may only have been the
titular head of the cult, according to an agent of the
Public Security Investigative Bureau - Japanís
equivalent of the FBI. The sectís armaments chief,
Kiyohide Hayakawa, held allegiance from a "hard core" of
Aum operatives. These were involved in "espionage, arms
dealing, drug distribution and other crimes..."
Significantly, Hayakawa was once a high ranking official
of the Unification Church, founded by the
Rev. Sun Moon.
It remains unclear if Hayakawa had changed spots or was
merely operating on instructions of his fanatical Korean
paymaster. The use of a native Korean to assassinate
Aumís science chief, Hideo Murai, may speak volumes.
The Nunn report, in addition to outlining Aumís large international
membership and massive finances of over US$1 billion, also revealed
the cultís fascination for Tesla weapons. The Senate report
describes Aumís visits to the New York based International Tesla
Society (ITS), where they sought to obtain a number of his books,
patents and papers. However, they must have been at least a little
disappointed in what they were allowed to access, as we shall see. A
representative of the ITS told Senate investigators that
interest focused on Teslaís experiments with "resonating
frequencies," in connection with artificially "creating
earthquakes." Significantly, the report also states that Tesla
claimed "...with his technology he could ísplit the worldí in two."
This astonishing assertion closely parallels remarks made by Soviet
Premier Krushchev to the Presidium in 1960, where he referred to
"...the advent of a new class of Soviet Superweapon, so powerful it
could wipe out all life on earth if unrestrainedly used."
The comment, made at the height of the cold war, clearly did not
refer to nuclear weapons - already an integral component of the
feared Soviet arsenal.
Not least, the Senate report mentions Teslaís development of a "ray
gun in the 1930ís, which was actually a particle beam accelerator,"
and which was said to be able to "shoot down an airplane at 200
Following Teslaís death in 1943, the US government seized his papers
and research notes, placing them under national security lock and
key. An undoubted genius during his life, Teslaís papers curiously
remain highly classified today - 53 years later.
In addition to visiting New Yorkís ITS, Aum personnel also
to the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. Their studies here included
researching the so called "
Tesla Coil" - a device used for
alternating currents. Additionally, they also uncovered Teslaís work
on "high energy voltage transmission and on wave amplification,
which Tesla asserted could be used to create seismological
ENTER THE RUSSIAN BEAR
Russian connections are of considerable significance, as well. By
the early nineties, Asahara and his fellow Aum leaders had made
giant inroads into the former Soviet Union. Over several years the
cult had deeply penetrated Russiaís military, intelligence, and
political establishment. High level contacts included Oleg Lobov, a
close confidante of Premier Boris Yeltsin. Lobov later became
chairman of Russiaís Security Council - the nationís highest
decision making body. Lobov, who was also the chairman of the
Russia-Japan College, is believed to have been paid upwards of US$
100 million for services rendered to Aum Shinrikyo. Operating at the
highest levels, agreements were reached for the Russians to provide
advanced weaponry to Aum.
Nunn Report makes clear that Aum sought to selectively recruit
Russian scientists into its fold. They targeted, in particular,
physicists, chemists, biologists and others engaged in advanced
military weapons research. The Russia-Japan College was used by
as a platform to recruit high level scientists working on
sophisticated weapons research and development. This enabled the
cult to recruit a top researcher and several employees of Russiaís
foremost advanced nuclear research facility, the Kurchatov
The Senate report also states that Aumís chief weapons dealer,
Kiyoide Hayakawa, had also negotiated for the purchase of a Russian
built gas-laser for plasma-weapons. The latter are state-of-the-art
technologies which, again, reflect much of Teslaís early work.
It is also clear that Aum received significant assistance from
various Russian intelligence services, according to "Vitaly Savitsky,
head of the Russian Dumaís religious affairs committee."
Aumís intelligence connections also extended to Toshio Yamaguchi,
head of Japanís foreign intelligence service - and allegedly a
"FINAL WAR" (saisho senso)
What drove a Japanese religious sect to acquire sophisticated
weapons of mass destruction? The answer is embedded in obscure
Japanese history and also revolves around another Japanese cult -
the militaristic Soka Gakkei. The latter is a huge religious sect
with 15 million members world-wide and massive finances. The cult
has thoroughly infiltrated every aspect of Japanese life and,
according to veteran reporter Jack Amano, has "covert cells"
operating throughout all government departments. Every major
Japanese business corporation is riddled with members, Amano states.
Moreover, SG has enormous influence over current Japanese foreign
According to veteran Japanese investigative reporters, Yoichi Shimatsu Clark and
Jack Amano, Soka Gakkei adhere to the teaching of
the 13th century Buddhist monk and prophet, Nichiren.
primary teaching involved the active suppression of all other rival
sects. In addition he zealously preached a doctrine of "Final War" (saisho
senso) to be fought against the Christian west and the Islamic
The latter doctrine was revitalized during the 1930ís by the chief
military strategist for the Japanese Army of Occupation in
Manchuria. Kanji Ishihara, an admirer of Adolf Hitler, maintained
that a gigantic world conflict was approaching. This war, he
believed, would be fought with mind-boggling "weapons from the
laboratory" including chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. It
was not a matter of chance that Manchuria was the principal location
of the now infamous
Unit 731 - a top secret biological
weapons facility. It was here that unspeakable experiments were
conducted on local Chinese and WWII allied prisoners alike. Japanese
expertise in chemical and biological weapons gained during WWII was
not forever lost. In fact it barely caused a mis-stride.
Lt. General Ishii, Unit 731ís most senior
officer continued his work after the war under top secret US control.
Remarkably, the leadership of Aum also adhered to the teachings of
the monk Nichiren and his 20th century disciple, Kanji Ishihara. Aum
guru, Shoko Asahara was committed to the final war which predicted a
prodigious struggle lasting 100 years. Also known as the "100
hundred year war," it pre-dates WWII and continues to be fought in
the shadows, even as we speak.
By the early nineties Aum had developed powerful nuclear bombs and
were undertaking a "crash" programme to build an earthquake weapon,
according to former Senate investigator, Dan Gerber.
Despite their similar outlooks, the rivalry between Soka Gakkei and
Aum Shinrikyo was bitter. Numerous brawls between rival members had
occurred. This appears to have been followed by a period of relative
truce, corresponding with the period during which Aum was engaged,
with the quiet backing of the Japanese Government, in the delicate
negotiations with the Russians described earlier.
Unsurprisingly, as soon as pen was put to paper - between the
Russian government and official representatives of the Japanese
government - to ratify the agreements hammered out by Aum - the
leadership of Soka Gakkai again felt free to re-commence hostilities
against their rival. This resulted, Amano says, in the now infamous
Tokyo gas attack. Vilified throughout the world - for an act of
sabotage they did not engineer - Aum Shinrikyoís growing reach and
power was effectively crushed. In one foul swoop, they cleverly
neutralized their chief rivals and ingeniously acquired the weapons
and technological expertise won by Aum during the round of tough
negotiations in Moscow.
With their enormous clout, financing, and reach effectively making
the Soka Gakkei the deniable face of the Japanese government it is
feared they are carrying Aumís apocalyptic plans for global war
In a feature article published earlier this year, Journalist Jack
Amano, reveals how Japanís intelligence community learned of the
existence of terrifying new weapons. In 1987, a Japanese satellite
known as "Ginga" was launched. Circling the globe in high orbit, the
satellite was said to be searching for "X-ray emissions from distant
stars." However, its secret mission was to detect gamma radiation
from both Russian and Chinese nuclear weapons tests. During June
1987, Ginga registered a massive pulse of gamma rays emanating from
below the orbiting satellite. Hasty investigation showed the
radiation emissions were coming from Kosmos 1900, a soviet
satellite. The satellite was radiating the upper atmosphere Van
Allen belts. The conclusion was that the Russians were engaged in
weather engineering as well as a developing a space platform for
missile defense and earthquake induction.
As information from the satellite "Ginga" filtered through to
selected scientists, a graduate student at Osaka Prefectural
University reviewed the data. Hideo Murai was one of Japanís leading
X ray astronomers at the time. Thus began his ill-fated journey into
the leading ranks of Aum Shinrikyo - the apocalyptic cult that was
secretly sponsored by Toshio Yamaguchi, head of Japanís foreign
Murai, who knew all and - following the tragic Sarin attack on
Tokyoís subway - was preparing to reveal all, had to be silenced.
Meanwhile, the US ground-based "mirror" facility in Alaska, called HAARP, that duplicates the Russian abilities - went on-line in 1995.
Refer Archipelago issue 1.2 article captioned
"Starwars & the Final War. Archipelago is a web-based
investigative news journal published by the former general
editor of Japan Weekly Times, Yoichi Clark Shimatsu - a well
international journalist. Virtually alone amongst the Japanese
media, the courageous staff of Archipelago have continued to
unravel the true and explosive
Aum Shinrikyo story.
Archipelago issue 1.2
Staff Statement - US Senate permanent Subcommittee of
Investigations (minority Staff), Hearings on "Global
Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Case Study of
the Aum Shinrikyo." Published 31 October 1995.
Referred to in an unpublished paper authored
by Lt. Colonel (retired) Thomas E. Bearden, MS, in this writerís
US Senate report page 90
Ibid page 90 (my italics)
The staff of Archipelago are to be commended for their
persistence and courage. Numerous death threats meant they had
to be issued with protective body vests. In addition they were
provided an "unofficial" police guard.
Refer to Jack Amanoís article "Soka Gakkai & Aum: The Doctrine
of Final War" - Archipelago - for additional citations on Aumís
relationship to SD and the 100 year war doctrine.
For background on Unit 731 and the later
adoption of General Ishiiís Bilogical Warfare doctrines by the
US, see my articles in The X Factor issues 5 and 6.
Archipelago article entitled "Enter the red
Dragon" by Jack Amano.