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The University of Manchester Japanese Studies department presents a round-table discussion entitled 20 Years After the Tokyo Subway Attack: The Impact of Aum's Violence in Japan and Beyond at the University of Manchester's Martin Harris Centre on Wednesday 18 March 2015 from 5:30pm until 8:00pm.
March 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Aum Affair, when members of the religious group Aum Shinrikyou released sarin poison gas in Tokyo. The affair had huge repercussions in legal, social, political and cultural terms in Japan and beyond as authorities sought to balance the liberal democratic freedoms with demands for heightened control of potentially 'dangerous' groups. This round-table discussion brings together leading experts on the Aum Affair to discuss the incident and its aftermath, examining such topics as how to strike a balance between religious and political freedom and social safety; what are appropriate legal and social responses to terrorism; how best to commemorate and remember acts of violence; and what wider lessons can be learned from the Japanese experience.
Entry is free-of-charge.
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