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Koki Nakata vividly remembers details of the mission he joined as a riot policeman to deal with a hostage crisis at the Asama-Sanso lodge in the resort town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, 50 years ago.

As a member of a squad tasked with storming the lodge occupied by five armed members of the now-defunct United Red Army (URA), Nakata contributed to the rescue of the hostage, the wife of the caretaker of the holiday lodge, with his shield taking dozens of bullets.

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