Japan

Man poisons 17, kills 5 to save himself “disrepute in his community”

March 28, 1961 Nabari, Mie Prefecture, Japan Masaru Okunishi (奥西勝) kills his wife, mistress, and three others with poison The mass poisoning occurred during a March 28 meeting of the Livelihood Improvement Group; Okunishi was the chairman of the group. Investigators found the wine served at the meeting was laced with agrochemicals, and 17 women… Continue reading Man poisons 17, kills 5 to save himself “disrepute in his community”

Japan · Newspaper clippings

Man drives van full of family’s bodies to police station

February 7, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Yasuo Takeda (52) drives a van full of his dead family members to a police station Takeda (52) had been despondent after losing his job and becoming ¥25 million in debt. During questioning, Takeda specified his financial issues were the motive behind the killings of his mother, wife, and two… Continue reading Man drives van full of family’s bodies to police station

Japan · Newspaper clippings

Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

November 22, 1999 Tokyo, Japan Mitsuko Yamada (35) brings her neighbor’s 2-year-old daughter into a public restroom and strangles her with a scarf A total of 550 students had applied to a prestigious kindergarten; Haruna Wakayama had been one of 20 applicants to be admitted. This reportedly angered Yamada, whose daughter did not make the… Continue reading Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

Japan

The Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

August 9, 1945 Nagasaki, Japan The Fat Man, the second of two atomic bombs, is dropped on Japan Though Nagasaki had been home to a major naval fleet during the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was largely populated by civilians during WWII. At the time the bomb fell, 250,000 of the 263,000 in Nagasaki… Continue reading The Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

Japan · Political

The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945 Hiroshima, Japan The first of two atomic bombs are dropped on Japan The "Little Boy" exploded in Hiroshima which was the headquarters for the 2nd General Army and the Chugoku Regional Army. The bomb's blast killed approximately 70,000 people (roughly 20,000 Japanese military personnel, 20,000 Korean slave laborers, and 30,000 civilians). By… Continue reading The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima