Celebrating The Assassination Of Inejiro Asanuma-October 12th 1960, Tokyo

On October 12th 1960 Inejiro Asanuma the head of the Japanese socialist party was assassinated by ultra-rightist Otoya Yamaguchi during a televised rally.

50 years later Right wing groups celebrated the assassination by holding a ceremony to honor the assassination at Hibiya Park in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward.
3 weeks later they held another ceremony in celebration Of Yamaguchi’s suicide.

The Tokyo Reporter was there at the celebrations to take pictures/video and interview some of the Right wing participants.

For more on this you can visit the tokyo reporter blog:-



or read his far more eloquent piece using this video:-


He asked me to edit his pictures/video and audio into a short film about the event, and that’s what you can see at the head of this post.

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1 comment for “Celebrating The Assassination Of Inejiro Asanuma-October 12th 1960, Tokyo

  1. February 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    As an expat in Japan, I learn something new about Japan almost everyday. THIS piece, however, is equivalent to a months amount of learning swiftly shoved down my throat. I’m still bit dazed from the reality of this story. Inejiro Asanuma’s grave is nearby by home, and I’ve been meaning to photograph his tombstone, along with all the other celebs in Tamarein.


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