Amakasu incident

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A clip from the Mainichi Shimbun, on the death of Itō Noe and Ōsugi Sakae.

The Amakasu Incident (Amakasu jiken) refers to a crime in which the Lieutenant Amakasu Masahiko was found responsible for the murders of two anarchists and a young boy in September 1923.


Following Japan's Great Kantō earthquake in early September 1923, a police squadron led by Lieutenant Amakasu Masahiko sought out two noted anarchist-socialist leaders, the feminist Noe Itō and her partner, the anarchist Sakae Ōsugi. Together they were beaten and killed by the police along with Ōsugi's six-year-old nephew, and their bodies disposed in a well. Following countrywide outcry, Amakasu was court-martialed and sentenced to 10 years in prison. When Hirohito became Emperor of Japan three years later, Amakasu was released. He studied in France and became a special agent for the Imperial Japanese Army in Manchuria.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Cybriwsky, Roman (2011). Historical Dictionary of Tokyo. Scarecrow Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-8108-7489-3.

External links

  • 甘粕(あまかす)事件 (in Japanese)
  • 日本ペンクラブ 電子文藝館 招待席・主権在民史料 「関東大震災」 (今井 清一) (in Japanese)
  • 関東大震災と新聞 (池見哲司) (in Japanese)

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