2017年01月17日

'Kudankaikan' in Kudanshita, Tokyo, was a martial law command headquarters against 'Ni Ni Roku Jiken', February 26 incident in 1936, one of the largest military coups in Japan.

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Kudankaikan was originally built in 1934 as a headquaters association of veterans for reserves' training and accommodations. Soon after the completion, 'February 26 incident', so called 'Ni Ni Roku Jiken' military coup, caused by around 1,500 youth officers, happened in 1936. The then Minister of Finance, 'Korekiyo Takahashi', and four other key government officials were killed though, the authority declared a martial law base at this building to surpress these traitors. In 1937 thereafter, 'Fuketsu', a younger brother of 'Fugi' known as 'The Last Emperor' of Manchuria, held a wedding ceremony here. After being used as an accommodations of the officials of occupation forces for some years, 'Japan bereaved families Association' had long run this building as a hotel, wedding hall and other multi purposes since 1957. However two people died from the ceiling collapse by 'The Great East Japan Eartquake' in 2011, thus this old building discontinued its checkered life at long last. A new high-rise building is supposed to be reconstructed in the near future.

Licensed tour guide/Travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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