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Otoya Yamaguchi (山口二矢 Yamaguchi Otoya, February 22, 1943-November 2, 1960) was a Japanese political activist and assassin. He killed the head of the Japanese Socialist Party (JCP). On October 12, 1960, the killing was broadcast live by NHK television.
Assassin[change | change source]
Yamaguchi was an assassin because he killed a politically active man. His reasons for the murder were political.
Yamaguchi was a member of a radical group. In 1960, he killed Inejiro Asanuma when he was at a public meeting. Soon after, Yamaguchi killed himself in a juvenile center. He wrote on the wall of the room in which he hung himself. His last words were written using a paste made from tooth powder and water. He wrote "Seven lives for my country ..." which was a reference to the last words of 14th century samurai Kusunoki Masashige.
Legacy[change | change source]
Yasushi Nagao captured the assassination in a dramatic photograph. The Japanese photographer was the first non-American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The image won the 1960 World Press Photo award.
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References[change | change source]
- Socialist Leader is Slain in Tokyo; Asanuma, Who Led Agitation Against U.S. Treaty, Is Stabbed at a Rally," New York Times. October 12, 1960; retrieved 2012-3-15.
- TokyoReporter.com, "Assassin of Inejiro Asanuma remembered by right-wing groups on 50-year anniversary," October 14, 2010; retrieved 2012-3-15.
- "Leftist's Killer Suicide in Japan; Young Rightist Who Stabbed Asanuma Hangs Himself in Detention Center," New York Times. November 3, 1960; "Assassin's Apologies," Time. November 14, 1960; retrieved 2012-3-15.
- Benjamin, Philip. "'All Way Home' Pulitzer Play; Novel Is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'; Mosel Play Wins Pulitzer Prize," New York Times. May 2, 1961; May 02, 1961, ; Wordfamousphotos.com, "Assassination of Japan Socialist Inejiro Asanuma ; retrieved 2012-3-15.
- Iconicphotos.com, "Tokyo stabbing"; retrieved 2012-3-15.
- 1960 World Press Photo by Yasushi Nagao; retrieved 2012-3-15.
- Remmick, David. "Reading Japan," New Yorker. February 6, 1995; retrieved 2012-3-15.