Inejirō Asanuma

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Inejirō Asanuma
浅沼 稲次郎
Asanuma Inejiro 1948.JPG
Asanuma in 1948
1st General Secretary of the Japan Socialist Party
In office
13 October 1955 – 23 March 1960
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byJōtarō Kawakami
3rd Chairman of the Japan Socialist Party
In office
23 March 1960 – 12 October 1960
Preceded bySuzuki Mosaburō
Succeeded byJōtarō Kawakami
Member of the Japanese House of Representatives from Tokyo 1st district
In office
11 April 1946 – 12 October 1960
In office
21 February 1936 – 30 April 1942
Personal details
Born(1898-12-27)27 December 1898
Miyake-jima, Tokyo, Empire of Japan
Died12 October 1960(1960-10-12) (aged 61)
Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Cause of deathAssassination (stab wound)
Resting placeTama Cemetery,
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyJapan Socialist Party
Alma materWaseda University
OccupationPolitician

Inejiro Asanuma (浅沼 稲次郎, Asanuma Inejirō, 27 December 1898 – 12 October 1960) was a Japanese politician. He was leader of the Japan Socialist Party. Asanuma was a supporter of socialism in post-war Japan. He supported the People's Republic of China (PRC) and criticized the United States.

Asanuma was assassinated with a short sword by far-right activist Otoya Yamaguchi while speaking in a televised political debate in Tokyo. His violent death was seen on national television.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Chun, Jayson Makoto (2006). A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots?: A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953–1973. Routledge. pp. 184–185. ISBN 978-0-415-97660-2. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  2. Langdon, Frank (1973). Japan's Foreign Policy. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. p. 19. ISBN 0774800151. Retrieved 18 August 2012.