13 October 1960: Inejiro Asanumas assassination could have far-reaching effects on Japans relations with the United States, Asia, and the rest of the world
A youth today stabbed to death Mr Inejiro Asanuma, leader of the Japanese Opposition Socialist movement, before 1,000 people at a political rally in Tokio.
The youth Futaya Yamaguchi, aged 17, was with about 100 other members of the extreme right-wing Great Japan Patriotic Society in the Hibiya Hall. Suddenly Yamaguchi ran across the stage and stabbed Mr Asanuma with a dagger a foot long. Sitting nearby was the Japanese Premier, Mr Hayato Ikeda. Eyewitnesses said that Yamaguchi was smiling as he was taken into custody. Police later said that the youth had offered no motive for the stabbing.
After the assassination 15,000 Left-wing demonstrators marched on the police headquarters in Tokio demanding the resignation of the police chief, Mr Kameyoshi Teramoto. They accused him of not providing adequate security for Mr Asanuma. About 2,000 policemen beat them back. Sixty students were injured, one seriously, and 22 policemen. More demonstrations have been called for this weekend, and one Socialist leader estimated that 100,000 will turn out on Saturday.
Mr Asanumas assassination could have far-reaching effects on Japans relations with the United States, Asia, and the rest of the world. It is almost certain that his death will have a big influence on the forthcoming elections.[wp_ad_camp_5]
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