Known from mugshot: Left-wing extremist wanted since the 1970s died in Japan

Shortly thereafter, Kirishima revealed his true identity, the reports continued.

Known from mugshot: Left-wing extremist wanted since the 1970s died in Japan

Shortly thereafter, Kirishima revealed his true identity, the reports continued. While the police were still waiting for the results of the DNA test, the 70-year-old died on Monday morning. There is “a high probability that this person is actually Kirishima,” police sources said, according to the Asahi newspaper.

Kirishima had been wanted by left-wing extremists since the 1970s for a deadly bombing. Almost everyone in Japan knows the mugshot of young Kirishima with long hair, thick glasses and a friendly smile.

Kirishima, who was born in Hiroshima, became radicalized while studying in Tokyo. He joined the East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front, a left-wing extremist group similar to the Red Army Faction (RAF) in West Germany.

The East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front carried out attacks against Japanese companies in the 1970s. Eight people were killed in an attack against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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