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Kozaburo Tachibana

Kōzaburō Tachibana (橘 孝三郎 Tachibana Kōzaburō, 18 March 1893 – 30 March 1974) was a Japanese political activist and ultranationalist.

Tachibana came from a samurai family, although his father was a fabric merchant.[1] His politics were agrarian[2] and anti-capitalist.[3] He argued that radical, violent change was needed to cleanse ‘the world of national politics...poisoned by mammon and the gang of corrupt industrialists’.[4]

He was involved in the assassination of Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi during the May 15 Incident[5] and was sentenced to life imprisonment,[6] serving eight years.[3]


  1. ^ The American Asian Review. Institute of Asian Studies, St. John's University. 1988. p. 18.
  2. ^ Sources of Japanese Tradition, Abridged: Part 2: 1868 to 2000. Columbia University Press. 13 August 2013. pp. 269–. ISBN 978-0-231-51815-4.
  3. ^ a b David Ernest Apter; Nagayo Sawa (1984). Against the State: Politics and Social Protest in Japan. Harvard University Press. pp. 67–. ISBN 978-0-674-00921-9.
  4. ^ Conrad Totman, History of Japan (2000), p.371
  5. ^ David E. Kaplan; Alec Dubro (2012). Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld. University of California Press. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-0-520-27490-7.
  6. ^ Contemporary Japan. Foreign Affairs Association of Japan. 1964. p. 377.