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Tea Leaves

Yukio Mishima in the 21st century

Fifty years after his suicide, controversial Japanese novelist's popularity soars

Mishima addresses members of the Self-Defense Forces in Tokyo shortly before his suicide on Nov. 25, 1970.(Photo by Nikkei) 

Can you imagine bestselling novelist Haruki Murakami leading a coup attempt against Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga? Or Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan taking a top general hostage in a British Army base and inciting a rebellion against Boris Johnson's government? Or any of the legions of writers and artists who regularly hammered U.S. President Donald Trump on social media choosing to die for their cause?

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