Elusive Fugitive Satoshi Kirishima, Suspected Mastermind of 1970s Bombings, Dies Amidst Controversy

Satoshi Kirishima, the elusive fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in deadly bombings carried out by leftist extremists in the 1970s, has reportedly died. The news comes just days after Kirishima revealed his true identity while seeking cancer treatment under a false name at a hospital in Japan.

For nearly five decades, Kirishima’s black-and-white photo has adorned the walls of police stations across the country, making him one of Japan’s most wanted criminals. His youthful face, long hair, and thick glasses have become iconic, even inspiring viral Halloween costumes.

Born in Hiroshima in 1954, Kirishima was drawn to radical far-left politics during his university years in Tokyo. He joined the East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front, a militant group responsible for a series of bombings targeting companies in the capital between 1972 and 1975. One of their most notorious attacks occurred in 1974, resulting in the deaths of eight people at the headquarters of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Kirishima’s outfit within the group was known as “Scorpion,” and he became a key figure in their operations. Standing at 160 cm tall (5 ft 3) with distinctive features such as “thick and rather large” lips and severe nearsightedness, Kirishima’s physical descriptors were widely circulated on wanted posters.

Details have emerged about how Kirishima managed to evade capture for so long. Reports suggest that he lived a double life, working at a building contractor in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, under the alias Hiroshi Uchida. He received cash payments and deliberately stayed off the grid, without health insurance or a driving license.

Colleagues at the nondescript office where Kirishima allegedly worked noted that he had significantly lost weight compared to his wanted photo. It was during his cancer treatment at a hospital in Kamakura that he finally confessed his true identity, revealing himself as the 70-year-old fugitive.

While police were still in the process of conducting DNA tests to confirm Kirishima’s identity, his sudden death on Monday morning has left investigators scrambling for answers. However, a police source has stated that there is a high possibility that the individual in question is indeed Kirishima.

The East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front saw nine of its members arrested, but two 75-year-olds managed to escape in 1977 as part of a deal orchestrated by the Japanese Red Army. The Red Army, infamous for hijacking a Japan Airlines plane in Bangladesh, released the individuals as part of a negotiation. Fusako Shigenobu, the female founder of the Japanese Red Army, was recently released from prison after serving a 20-year sentence for a 1974 embassy siege.

Kirishima’s death marks the end of a decades-long manhunt, leaving many unanswered questions about his involvement in the bombings and the extent of his activities within the radical group. As the nation grapples with the news, the desire for closure and justice remains strong.

“I want to meet my death with my real name,” Kirishima reportedly told hospital staff, providing a glimpse into the mind of a man who had successfully evaded capture for so long. The legacy of his actions and the impact of the bombings he was allegedly involved in will continue to reverberate throughout Japan’s history.

 

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