Tuesday, 20 May 2014

CAUGHT on Film: Inejiro Asanuma (Politician), JAPAN

Inejiro Asanuma (December 27, 1898 – October 12, 1960) was a Japanese politician, and head of the Japanese Socialist Party. Asanuma was noted for speaking publicly about Socialism and economic and cultural opportunities.

His support of the Chinese Communist Party was criticized both from the right and by his colleagues.

Asanuma was assassinated by 17-year-old Otoya Yamaguchi, an extreme rightist, at a televised rally for the coming Lower-house election. Yamaguchi rushed and fatally stabbed Asanuma, and was subdued moments later.

The entire incident was captured on camera.

The assassin, Otoya Yamaguchi, committed suicide a few weeks later.

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