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[Jap.,=belly-cutting], the traditional Japanese form of honorable suicide, also known by its Chinese equivalent, seppuku. It was practiced by the Japanese feudal warrior class in order to avoid falling into enemy hands.
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I'm going to commit hari kiri," said JC Spink, a producer on "The Ring.
Having managed to steer his side safely through both Second City derbies last season, O'Leary yesterday learned that Aston Villa are capable of their own style of Hari Kiri on these occasions.
In a week when important bills have passed into law, including the first piece of legislation on adoption for 25 years, every newspaper and media outlet has been full of the spectacle of the Conservative Party committing hari kiri in public.