Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 225 -Breaking the Bank

This week, we cover a famous caper that probably sent an innocent man to jail for nearly 40 years. There’s poisoning, plotting, and conspiracy galore as we discuss the Teigin Incident.

Listen to the episode here.


A Japan Times article on recent developments in the case.

A New York Times obituary for Sadamichi Hirasawa.

A Time Magazine article on the case.


The Teigin case was a media sensation; coverage like this (leading with a headline about the death toll) resulted in pressure inside the police administration to locate the killer as quickly as possible.

The site of the Teikoku Ginkou (Imperial Bank) in Shiinamachi.

Hirasawa Sadamichi at the time of his arrest.

Hirasawa at his first trial, where he would ultimately be convicted and sentenced to death.

Barred Flower, a painting by Hirasawa Sadamichi.

Hirasawa Takehiko with some of his father’s paintings.


Episode 224 – Crime and Punishment, Part 2


Episode 226 – The Measure of an Emperor, Part 1


  1. Stephanie

    This episode was super interesting!! I hope you’ll make more true crime episodes like this one!

  2. Kim

    Happy birthday! It’s also my birthday today, and I can definitely attest to the importance of the day. I always enjoy listening to your podcasts, thank you for introducing me to Japan’s history in such a fascinating and accessible way.

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