Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack victim calls for forgiveness

Yoshiyuki Kono, a man who lost his wife in the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attacks in Japan, has forgiven the cult and its members and has visited several of them on death row.
Kono spoke after Japan's Supreme Court dismissed the final appeal lodged from among the jailed leaders of the cult. Kono was treated by Japanese authorities as a suspect for nearly a year after what was thought to have been a trial run for the infamous 1995 Tokyo subway attacks, the Australian reports.
The cult released the deadly odorless nerve gas into the street alongside the Kono family's home in the mountain town of Matsumoto. Kono was home with his wife, Sumiko, and their three children when the family's two dogs started to froth at the mouth and go into muscular spasms.
"While I went out to look at the dogs, my wife must have inhaled the gas and by the time the emergency services arrived she was already in cardio-pulmonary arrest," Kono said, according to the Australian. "After that I lived my life for my wife. Even though she did not regain consciousness, I was able to lead my life with her for another 14 years."
In the aftermath, Kono made a decision that he would hold no enmity toward the perpetrators and offered them complete forgiveness. He said he did not agree with the death penalty.
"We lead our lives without ever knowing if they will be long or short," Kono said, according to the Australian. "We don't even know if we might die tomorrow. Under these circumstances, it is such a waste of time and energy to hold a grudge and enmity."