WRITER

Shoko Asahara

1955 - 2018

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Shoko Asahara (麻原 彰晃, Asahara Shōkō, March 2, 1955 – July 6, 2018), born Chizuo Matsumoto (松本 智津夫, Matsumoto Chizuo), was the founder and leader of the Japanese doomsday cult known as Aum Shinrikyo. He was convicted of masterminding the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, and was also involved in several other crimes. Asahara was sentenced to death in 2004, and his final appeal failed in 2011. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shoko Asahara has received more than 2,062,507 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Shoko Asahara is the 1,129th most popular writer (up from 1,131st in 2019), the 212th most popular biography from Japan (up from 217th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Japanese Writer.

Shoko Asahara is most famous for being the founder of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo. He is also known for being the mastermind behind the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

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  • 42

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.77

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  • 3.65

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, Shoko Asahara ranks 1,129 out of 5,794Before him are Jaan Kross, Sami Frashëri, John Dryden, Ephraim Kishon, Léon Bloy, and Harry Harrison. After him are Thomas De Quincey, Laura Marx, Henri Michaux, P. G. Wodehouse, Allan Pinkerton, and Rosalía de Castro.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1955, Shoko Asahara ranks 37Before him are François Cluzet, Mariano Rajoy, Dodi Fayed, Carme Forcadell, John Grisham, and Roland Emmerich. After him are Binali Yıldırım, Denis Mukwege, Haitham bin Tariq, Brendan Gleeson, J. K. Simmons, and Billy Idol. Among people deceased in 2018, Shoko Asahara ranks 60Before him are Gérard Genette, Milena Dravić, Joe Jackson, Wim Kok, Christine Nöstlinger, and Steve Ditko. After him are Ruud Lubbers, Anthony Bourdain, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Girma Wolde-Giorgis, Oskar Gröning, and Gene Sharp.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Shoko Asahara ranks 212 out of 5,560Before him are Shiro Misaki (null), Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659), Setsuko Hara (1920), Yoshio Furukawa (1934), Hideo Sakai (1909), and Jiro Miyake (1900). After him are Masao Takada (null), Takashi Kawanishi (1899), Mitsuru Ushijima (1887), Hiroto Muraoka (1931), Emperor Kenzō (450), and Yamato Takeru (72).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Shoko Asahara ranks 23Before him are Issei Sagawa (1949), Kobayashi Issa (1763), Zeami Motokiyo (1363), D. T. Suzuki (1870), Edogawa Ranpo (1894), and Yosa Buson (1716). After him are Shūsaku Endō (1923), Eiji Yoshikawa (1892), Sugawara no Michizane (845), Ono no Komachi (825), Kenji Miyazawa (1896), and Ihara Saikaku (1642).