Fifty years ago, Japan's most famous writer committed suicide – now, new photos add new layers to the haunting act

Japanese author Yukio Mishima speaks to Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers at Tokyo’s military garrison station on Nov. 25, 1970. JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images Japanese writer Yukio Mishima has long been a favorite of the international press. In a 1966 edition of Life magazine, he was called “Japan’s Dynamo of Letters” and “the Japanese Hemingway.” Appearing on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in August 1970, he was dubbed “Japan’s Renaissance Man.” The prolific writer was also an occasional film actor and director, singer, bodybuilder and avid martial arts practitioner, and The Ne…

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