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Tuesday, 25th March 2008
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Tokyo sarin gas attack remembered

The 13th anniversary of the Tokyo sarin gas attack was remembered on March 20th in Japan.

With the participation of relatives of victims and subway workers, the anniversary of the attack was marked by flowers at affected underground railway stations and silent prayers were also offered, reports the Japan Times.

Sarin is a highly toxic nerve agent that has been classified in a United Nations resolution as a weapon of mass destruction.

"We feel anew how serious the attacks were and wish for an early resolution to the case," said Noboru Ueno, a Tokyo-based station master.

Shizue Takahashi, a widow of a station employee, added: "I marked the anniversary with a different feeling."

In March 1995, Aum Shinrikyo, a religious organisation now known as Aleph released sarin gas within the central Tokyo underground train network.

It is thought that, among the group's religious influences, are texts from Theravada Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Taoism.

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