This week, we explore a hapless revolutionary group’s failed attempts to start the Communist revolution with pachinko ball bombs, a one-way flight to North Korea, and random attacks on civilians. Why did a group of Japanese students end up deciding that the best way to kick-start the revolution was getting involved in a war in the middle east? And how does an idealistic young student end up believing that mass murder is morally justified?
Content note: This episode is about various acts of terrorism, culminating in a mass shooting. We don’t go into graphic detail about the shooting but a recounting of the facts may be distressing.
Featured image: Okamoto Kōzō with the leader of the Japanese Red Army at a press conference. (Image source)
- Destiny: The Secret Operations of the Yodogō Exiles
- Portrait of a Terrorist: An Interview with Kozo Okamoto
- Shocking Crimes of Postwar Japan
- Hijackers, Bombers, and Bank Robbers: Managerial Style in the Japanese Red Army