On November 25, 1970,  Japanese author, Yukio Mishima, and one compatriot commit ritualistic seppuku after an unsuccessful coup attempt. Mishima was part of a family descended from the Japanese samurai class, which may have been an influence in his far-right ambitions for Japan after the second World War. However, the history of Japan is complex and worth some time taken by the typical Western Reader. It is too easy to consider writing Mishima off as a crazed and morbid revolutionary without first appreciating some decades of intense and speedy changes in Japan that lead them to where they are now. 

Book Title: Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction

Book Author: Goto-Jones, Christopher S.

Dewey Decimal Call Number: 952 G

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