Amakasu incident

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

The Amakasu Incident occurred on September 16, 1923, in the chaos immediately following the Great Kantō earthquake, in Japan. Fearing that anarchists would take advantage of the disaster to overthrow the government, a squad of military police led by Lieutenant Amakasu Masahiko arrested the anarchist leader Ōsugi Sakae, his partner and girlfriend Itō Noe, and Ōsugi's six-year-old nephew. They were later beaten to death and their bodies thrown into a well.

The killing of such high-profile anarchists, along with a young child, became known as the Amakasu Incident and sparked surprise and anger throughout Japan.

The 1969 film Eros + Massacre depicts the incident.

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  • 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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