Ōsugi Sakae

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Ōsugi Sakae
大杉 栄
Ōsugi c. 1920
Born(1885-01-17)January 17, 1885
Marugame, Japan
DiedSeptember 16, 1923(1923-09-16) (aged 38)
Tokyo, Japan

Ōsugi Sakae (大杉 栄, 1885–1923) was a radical Japanese anarchist. He published numerous anarchist periodicals, helped translate western anarchist essays into Japanese for the first time, and created Japan's first Esperanto school in 1906. He, Itō Noe, and his nephew were murdered in what became known as the Amakasu incident.

In June 1920 Osugi was contacted by the Korean Yi Ch'un-Suk, who persuaded him to come to Shanghai and meet with Asian Communists involved with the Far Eastern Bureau of the Comintern.[1]

Director Kiju Yoshida made Eros + Massacre (エロス+虐殺) in 1969, about Ōsugi's life[2]

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  1. ^ Robert, Scalapino (1967). The Japanese Communist Movement 1920-19667. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  2. ^ Desser, David (1988). Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema. Indiana University Press. pp. 73. ISBN 978-0-253-20469-1.


  • Stanley, Thomas A (1982). Ōsugi Sakae, Anarchist in Taishō Japan: The Creativity of the Ego. Cambridge, Mass.: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University. ISBN 0-674-64493-X. OCLC 993334190.

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