Saburō Aizawa

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Saburo Aizawa
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Born (1889-09-06)September 6, 1889
Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Died July 3, 1936(1936-07-03) (aged 46)
Criminal penalty Death
Criminal status Executed by firing squad

Saburō Aizawa (Japanese: 相沢 三郎 Aizawa Saburō) (September 6, 1889 – July 3, 1936) was a Japanese soldier born in Iwate Prefecture.

He reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He assassinated Tetsuzan Nagata with his sword on August 12, 1935, because he was reputedly putting the Army "in the paws of high finance". Aizawa made no attempt to resist arrest, and reportedly said that he "was in an absolute sphere, so there was neither affirmation nor negation, neither good nor evil".[1] After a high-profile trial, he was executed by a firing squad. Ironically, his actions helped bring Tōseiha faction, which he hated, absolute control over the Japanese military.

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  1. ^ Schoppa, R. Keith: East Asia: Identities and Change in the Modern World, Page 248. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.