Friday, May 27, 2005

Murakami has written a really great book about the Tokyo gas attack. He went around and interviewed the survivors and those involved in planning the attack. He succeeds in presenting a book that is mostly witness statements with a few chapters about the person involved, how he saw them and what he thinks of them.

I've been reading a few more chapters about the Tokyo gas attack and it really struck me that the survivors, the people who only received slight injuries - they didn't feel the attack was about them. They want to put it down as an accident, something that had nothing to do with them. That was until Matsuo Arima. It seems that he is one of the few who has actually thought and reflected that this happened because of his society and the present culture in Japan.

At the end of his few pages he says " Ultimately, from now on I think the individual in Japanese society has to become a lot stronger. Even Aum, after bringing together such brilliant minds, what do they do but plunge straight into mass terrorism? That's just how weak the individual is."

The attack occurred on March 20th 1995. Over the past 10 years nothing has changed and if anything that message is even more relevant today than it was back then.

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