Slashed uniform from Yukio Mishima's 1970 coup attempt resurfaces
Japan Times -- Nov 25
Jiji Press has confirmed the existence of a sword-slashed uniform of a former Ground Self-Defense Force officer attacked by author Yukio Mishima during his failed coup attempt 50 years ago.

The uniform was that of Katsumi Terao, 91, who was a GSDF major and budget officer at the Eastern Army headquarters at the time of the incident in the GSDF Ichigaya camp in central Tokyo on Nov. 25, 1970.

That day, Mishima and four members of his Tate no Kai private militia barricaded themselves in the office of the district army’s commanding general, taking him hostage.

Terao, who later became a major general, has disclosed the whereabouts of the uniform for the first time ahead of the 50th anniversary of the incident. Jiji Press confirmed the uniform was kept in a warehouse in the GSDF’s Kodaira camp also in Tokyo.

The uniform had U-shaped slashes and what appeared to be a bloodstain. It seemed to be the winter uniform introduced in 1958.

It had the rank badge of major and the badge of the Eastern Army. Terao’s full name was handwritten on the inside of the uniform.

作家の三島由紀夫らが東京・市ケ谷の自衛隊駐屯地で割腹自殺してから25日で50年です。正しい三島像を後世に伝えようと親交のあった女性が事件後、初めてとなる取り組みを行いました。  松浦芳子さん(72):「この50年の時にこそ皆集まって話をしましょうということで」  松浦芳子さんの夫は三島由紀夫が設立した組織「楯の会」の隊員でした。50年前の25日、自衛隊員に向けて憲法改正の決起を呼び掛けて市ケ谷の自衛隊駐屯地に立てこもり、1人が三島とともに自殺しました。三島と親交があった松浦さんは、この50年、間違った三島像が一人歩きしていると感じ、元隊員らと関係者を集めた座談会を事件後、初めて開きました。  元「楯の会」1期生・金子弘道さん(73):「先生がずっとおっしゃられていたのは戦後の国家の理念がない、明確でない」  元「楯の会」1期生・平山芳信さん(72):「三島先生は自分たちがやってることを理解してくれるようになるにはかなりの時間を必要とするだろうと」  松浦芳子さん:「どんどん当時を知っている人が亡くなっていくので、もう一回私たちがろれつが回らなくなる、その前にやった方がいいのかな」  松浦さんは今後、この座談会の内容を公開することも考えています。
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