• Short Summary

    Thousands of people attended a memorial service in a Tokyo Buddhist temple on Sunday (24 January) for the Japanese author Yukio Mishima, who committed ritual suicide last November after failing to persuade troops at Army Headquarters to mutiny.

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    Thousands of people attended a memorial service in a Tokyo Buddhist temple on Sunday (24 January) for the Japanese author Yukio Mishima, who committed ritual suicide last November after failing to persuade troops at Army Headquarters to mutiny.

    Leading members of Japanese literature, theatre and cinema were among the congregation which included the widow. Thousands of other mourners queued outside. Among the speakers was the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata. The theme of the tributes was that Japan was being corrupted and that Mishima had tried to return it to its old values.

    Mishima disembowelled himself to commit "hara Kiri" after unsuccessfully calling on troops to rise and overthrow Japan's Constitution, which renounces war. Later he was ritually beheaded by members of his private army, the Society of the Shield, which is mainly composed of students. Uniformed members of the society took part in Sunday's service.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC50SSMKFG7K8M308UT622S8H9
    Media URN:
    VLVAC50SSMKFG7K8M308UT622S8H9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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