Ms. Shizu Takahashi, who lost her husband in the sarin subway incident, gave a lecture in Sapporo.

Ms. Shizu Takahashi, who lost her husband in the sarin subway incident, gave a lecture in Sapporo on October 3 at 4:19 a.m.

Ms. Shizu Takahashi, who lost her husband in the sarin subway incident 25 years ago, gave a lecture in Sapporo city on the night of the 2nd. Mr. Takahashi decided to reduce his lectures and other activities because of the heavy burden year after year, and he called on the entire community to “remember the incident and face it” in response to the invitation of followers of the successor organization of Aum Shinrikyo.

The two-night lecture was planned by a support group that had been interacting with Mr. Shizu Takahashi, 73, and about 200 people gathered at the venue in Chuo-ku, Sapporo City.

Mr. Takahashi, who lost his husband in the sarin subway incident in 1995, has continued to tell the case as a representative of the victims and bereaved families, but since he is in his 70s and the burden is getting heavier, he will reduce his lectures and other activities in the future.

In his lecture, Takahashi recalled the last 25 years, “By working as a representative of the Victims’ Association, I was able to get out of my suffering and sorrow and move forward one step forward.”

He also mentioned that Aleph, which changed its name from Aum Shinrikyo, is also based in Sapporo and is promoting the solicitation of followers. In order not to increase the number of followers any more, I want the whole region to work together to face it.”

After the lecture, Mr. Takahashi said, “The Association of Victims is also aging. I want local governments, the police, and the media to tell the story of the incident.”