In the Hall where he was assassinated the last rites were said over the remains of Japanese Socialist leader Inejiro Asanuma, Oct 20, in Tokyo.
In the Hall where he was assassinated the last rites were said over the remains of Japanese Socialist leader Inejiro Asanuma, Oct 20, in Tokyo. Among the people who attended the service were several who saw the Socialist Party Chairman meet his violent death, Oct 12, at the hands of Otaya Yamagunchi, a 17-year-old ultra-rightist student.
Addressing the hall Japan's Premier Ikeda said he would fight to put an end to violence and death in Japanese politics. Mourners including Asanuma's widow and daughter placed flowers on the box what contained the remains. Incense was burned and the crowd of about 3,000 took up the funeral dirge. The scene was carried into millions of homes by television and radio.
Later Mrs. Asanuma spoke at a meeting outside the hall and then took part in a protest march through the city. Asanuma was one of the main leaders of the demonstrations against the Japanese-United States security treaty which led to the fall of the Kishi Government. When he was stabbed by the student's sword he was attacking the United States in a speech for next month's General Election.