11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate (1125 jiketsu no hi: Mishima Yukio to wakamono-tachi)
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11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate (1125 jiketsu no hi: Mishima Yukio to wakamono-tachi)
On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defence, leaving behind a legacy of masterpieces and a controversy that echoes to this day. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of Japan's greatest and most celebrated novelists. With four members of his own private army - the Tatenokai - Mishima had taken the commandant hostage and called upon the assembled military outside the Ministry to overthrow their society and restore the powers of the Emperor. When the soldiers mocked and jeered Mishima, he cut short his speech and withdrew… More