10.11.2010

Wednesday, October 12, 1960: Assassination in Japan

During a political debate in Tokyo among the leaders of the major parties, Inejiro Asanuma of the Socialist Party is fatally stabbed by a student with a samurai sword. The event is captured live on television and by photographers. The assassin, Otoya Yamaguchi, called Asanuma "a pro-Communist enemy of the people." Yamaguchi hangs himself in his jail cell less than three weeks later.

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