Kasumigaseki Station, Marunouchi Line Source: ph by っ, 2005-05

I was in the Tokyo subway when it was attacked in 1995. Here’s the story.

A few days ago my phone started to ring with a flurry of texts and emails. It had to do with doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara being executed in Japan. You might remember the deadly 1995 terrorist attack where cult members released the nerve gas sarin in Tokyo subways. Asahara was the mastermind of that attack. 13 people died and thousands suffered ill effects.

I was there.

I was there on that day, in that subway. And I remember the events as if they happened yesterday.

The Bloomington Subway restaurant that Jared Fogle habitually visited. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Author: Martinanguiano

Subway could have avoided Jared with a background check

Last year, longtime Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was convicted of possessing child pornography and traveling across state lines to pay for sex with minors. This resulted in a sentence of fifteen years in federal prison, where he is reportedly eating a steady diet of knuckle sandwiches these days.

This is not just another sordid story of just how fast and far someone can fall – it is also a perfect case study of a wakeup call for corporate America with regard to background checks.