Tokyo lived through a doomsday cult leader's prophecy of a disaster but remained tense and under heavy security Sunday, with scores of restaurants and stores shut and thousands of police guarding potential troublespots.
"We have no plans to loosen security," a spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Depart-ment said. "The number of officers being deployed will be roughly the same as yesterday."On Saturday, helicopters patrolled the skies over Tokyo and 20,000 police were mobilized on the ground to watch over public transport, department stores, stadiums, airports and theaters in this city of 12 million people.
"We can't completely ignore the rumors," the police spokesman said. "Extra precaution is needed to ensure public safety."
Shoko Asahara, the leader of Aum Shinri Kyo (Supreme Truth Sect), prophesied that Saturday would bring a disaster to Tokyo worse than the earthquake in Kobe in January.
Asahara, who predicts the world will end in 1997, forecast a catastrophe, possibly an earthquake, that would "make the Kobe earthquake seem as minor as a fly landing on one's cheek."
More than 5,500 people died in the Kobe quake, which the sect says its guru had predicted.