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    Tokyo, April 27th,
    Three young followers of the late Yukio Mishima were sentenced to four years imprisonment today (Thursday) for their involvement in the Right-Wing author's attempted coup d'etat and subsequent HARAKIRI suicide 18 months ago.

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    Tokyo, April 27th,
    Three young followers of the late Yukio Mishima were sentenced to four years imprisonment today (Thursday) for their involvement in the Right-Wing author's attempted coup d'etat and subsequent HARAKIRI suicide 18 months ago.

    The Tokyo District Court found the three guilty on all five charges against them, including murder by request -- the first time involvement in the traditional, ritualistic hara kiri has been prosecuted.

    Hiroyasu Koga, aged 24, Masayoshi Koga aged 23, (unrelated) and Masshiro Ogawa wee with Mishima and another follower in an attempt to inside rebellion among troops at a Tokyo Army Headquarters on 25th of November in 1970. They took its commanding officer, General Kenetoshi Mashita, as hostage to force about 2,000 troops to listen to Mishima's appeal.

    Officers who tried to rescue the General were injured in a brief sword fight. Two of the five charges covered these actions.

    The 45-year-old author had formed and trained an 80-man private army to oppose Left-Wing demonstrations and try and save postwar Japan from what he saw as moral decadence. He hoped an army rebellion could restore Japan's pre-war values and the imperial system to its former glory.

    When the soldiers failed to respond to his emotional appeal for rebellion, Mishima ripped open his abdomen with a sword and was beheaded by his chief lieutenant, Masakatsu Morita, in the style of the old Japanese samurai warriors. Morita also committed hara kiri and was beheaded. It was for his murder that the three young survivors were prosecuted.

    Ribht Wing groups waited outside the court building to hear the verdict although more than 350 people wished to get tickets for public gallery, only 57 people could get tickets. Some students sat-in for meditation facing to the Imperial Palace, but there were no incidents.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9H8LTNTW7MW0HS7H6BYHGO7BU
    Media URN:
    VLVA9H8LTNTW7MW0HS7H6BYHGO7BU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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