Kazutaka Komori

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Kazutaka Komori (小森 一孝, Komori Kazutaka, 1943 – November 1971) was a Japanese political ultranationalist activist and a member of a right-wing Uyoku dantai group close to Satoshi Akao.[1] In 1960, at the age of 17, Komori went to the home of prominent Tokyo publisher Hoji Shimanaka with the intent to kill him in retribution for a fiction story by Shichirō Fukazawa printed in one of Shimanaka's magazines that described the overthrow and murder of the Japanese Imperial family.[2] Shimanaka was not at home but Komori murdered a maid and stabbed the publisher's wife.[1]

Komori was later tried as an adult and sentenced to 15 years in prison.[3][4] This murder and the assassination of Inejiro Asanuma by Otoya Yamaguchi led to the arrest of Satoshi Akao in 1961.[5] Komori died in prison in 1971.


  1. ^ a b Axelbank, Albert (2010). Black Star Over Japan: Rising Forces of Militarism. Taylor & Francis. p. 43. ISBN 9780415587587. 
  2. ^ Treat, John Whittier; 1994 (January 1994). "Beheaded Emperors and the Absent Figure in Contemporary Japanese Literature". PMLA. Modern Language Association. 109 (1): 100–115. JSTOR 463014. doi:10.2307/463014. 
  3. ^ United Press International (March 22, 1961). "Will Try Slayer as Adult". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (February 26, 1962). "Story in Magazine Touches Off Tragedy". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  5. ^ United Press International, February 21, 1961. "Rightist's Arrest Sparks Demonstration Threats". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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