Inejiro Asanuma

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Asanuma, Inejiro


Born Dec. 27, 1898; died Oct. 12, 1960. Active in the social-democratic movement in Japan. Graduated from the University of Waseda in 1923.

From 1925 to 1940, Asanuma occupied positions of leadership in the social-democratic parties of Japan. He actively participated in the founding of the Socialist Party of Japan (SPJ) in November 1945. From 1948 to 1951 (except for an interval from April 1949 to April 1950), Asanuma was secretary general of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the SPJ. In 1960 he became chairman of the CEC SPJ. From 1958 to 1960 he was one of the leaders in the struggle against the Japanese-American “security agreement,” decisively protesting American imperialism and Japanese reactionism. He was killed by a fascist terrorist.

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The Security Treaty between Japan and the United States of America had been renewed the previous year and this had lead to a series of demonstrations against it, as well as to a resurgence of the right wing culminating in the assassination of Asanuma Inejiro, the Socialist Party leader, by a right-winger, with a Japanese sword (4).
Discussing the first two stories that thematized the 1960 assassination of the socialist leader Asanuma Inejiro by a seventeen-year-old rightist (which garnered much media attention particularly because the assassination occurred at a televised rally), he defines "poetry" as a medium that appears as novelistic prose fails to "respond to the horrifying events surrounding the actual assassination in a rationalistic, judicial manner" (145).