TOKYO -- A Tokyo man tried today to commit hara-kiri at the shrine honoring Japan's war dead, imitating the ritual suicide 10 years ago of famous Japanese author Yukio Mishima, police said.
Masayoshi Yokozawa, 44, was found bleeding from the abdomen and wrist in a street in front of Yasukuni Shrine, the Shinto monument to Japanese killed in war, and about 500 yards from the spot where followers of Mishima met Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.
'Long live the teacher, Yukio Mishima,' Yokozawa wrote in a note found near his bleeding form, police said. 'I will be reincarnated seven times for the good of Japan. I apologize for profaning the premises' of the shrine.
Yokozawa was reported in serious condition at a hospital.
Police said he carried a calling card listing him asa member of the 'Organization to Lament the Fate of the Country,' of the 'Yukio Mishima Research Group' and of the 'Society to Promote the Return of the Four Northern Islands.'