The Stunning Assassination Of Inejiro Asunma

Inejiro Asanuma Assassination 1960

When most people tune into a political debate, they anticipate that things will quickly heat up–but not to the point that they will witness the assassination of one of its speakers. And yet in 1960 in Tokyo, that exact event transpired. The slain was Inejiro Asanuma, a prominent politician and leader of the Japanese Socialist Party whose contentious support of the Chinese Communist Party proved too much for one right-wing, 17-year-old nationalist. Cause of death? A samurai sword straight through the stomach.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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