Asanuma Inejirō

Inejiro Asanuma

Inejiro Asanuma (浅沼稲次郎 Asanuma Inejirō, December 27, 1898 - October 12, 1960) was a Japanese politician, and head of the Japanese Socialist Party. Inejiro was noted for speaking publicly about Socialism and economic and cultural opportunities. His criticism of the United States and left-wing positions were not welcomed by conservatives. He was assassinated by 17-year-old Otoya Yamaguchi, an extreme rightist, at a televised rally for the upcoming Lower-house election.

Private life and public perception

Inejiro Asanuma's mother died during his birth, leaving him to be raised by his father, who later died at the age of 42 of cancer. He was known for his gentle heart and frugal lifestyle, living in a small apartment with his family. He was given nicknames meaning "speech-making farmer" and "human locomotive" because of his huge body, loud voice and energetic manner of speaking. However, his genuine and natural personality won him great popularity among workers and grassroots. The nation was shocked to see him assassinated and national demonstrations and protests followed. With his loss, the Japanese Socialist Party further divided between politicians on the left and right.

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