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Yukio Mishima

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima is as famous for his death as for his life, in which he created some of Japan’s most famous literature.

Many of his books dealt with themes of disfigurement, shame and unattainable, perfect beauty.

Staunchly conservative, he believed that the protection of the Emperor was crucial for Japan’s future, and formed a private army, the Tatenokai (“Shield Society”).

On November 25th, 1970, Mishima and his men took over the headquarters of the Japanese Self-Defense Force in Tokyo, and urged the soldiers to overthrow the government. After his speech was greeted with jeers and abuse, he committed seppuku in front of the crowd.

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