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Famous People Who Died of Seppuku

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List of famous people who died of seppuku, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from seppuku includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of seppuku, including actors, musicians and athletes.

People  here include everything from Yukio Mishima to Oda Nobunaga. Featuring Japanese samurai who have committed suicide and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from seppuku?" and "Which famous people died due to seppuku?"

These notable seppuku deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has seppuku as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 
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    Oda Nobunaga Daimyo initiated the unification of Japan in the 16th century, as well as being a major daimyo during the Sengoku period. He is known as being one of the fiercest warriors and one of the greatest rulers who ever lived in Japan. He was forced into committing seppuku, the act of a samurai committing suicide by disembowelment, by his general.

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      Yukio Mishima is considered to be one of the most important authors of the 20th century in Japan, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three separate times. In 1970, Mishima, along with four members of the Tatenokai, attempted a military coup to restore the power of the emperor. They barricaded themselves inside the office of the commander of the Tokyo headquarters of the Eastern Command of Japan's Self-Defense Forces, where they tied the commander up, and Mishima stood out onto the balcony and delivered a manifesto that he'd written to all of the soldiers below. Hoping to inspire a coup d'etat, Mishima was mocked instead by his audience. After completing his speech, he went back into the commander's office where he committed seppuku. He had carefully planned his death for over a year. His biographer suggests that the coup was merely a pretext to Mishima's suicide.

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        Korechika Anami was a general in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and the War Minister during the surrender of Japan. In 1945, Anami signed the document of surrender with his cabinet, and the next morning committed suicide by seppuku. He left a suicide note, intended for the Emperor, and his sword and bloodied uniform are on display at the Yushukan Museum in Tokyo. 
        • Takeda Katsuyori was a daimyo from the Sengoku Period and head of the Takeda clan. During a battle, Katsuyori won over the fortress of Takatenjin in 1574, but later lost it along with large parts of his army, which caused many clans to withdraw their supports for him. In 1582, he and his family all committed ritual suicide by seppuku.