JAPAN: Honorable Amakasu

In the chaotic days following the great Japanese earthquake of 1923 a young police captain, Masahiko Amakasu, held in his custody a Socialist leader, Sakai Osugi. Amakasu was a member of a group of young Japanese firebrands who vehemently denounced internationalism, who were then seriously beginning a successful struggle to make the army master of the Japanese Government. In cold blood, with his own hands, Captain Amakasu strangled his internationally-minded prisoner. He deputed to a subordinate the less important job of garroting Osugi's wife and 10-year-old son.

Brought to trial, Captain Amakasu...

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