• SHARE

Shoichiro Sasaki, 80, never forgets Aug. 1, 1943 — the day he witnessed his father, a free-thinking journalist, die under extraordinary circumstances before his own eyes.

Sasaki, a former NHK TV drama director who has won numerous awards at home and abroad, is convinced that his father was assassinated by the tokko (tokubetsu koto keisatsu, or Special Higher Police), a police force that investigated political groups and ideologies deemed a threat to public order from 1911 to 1945.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)