Issei Sagawa

1949 - Today

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Issei Sagawa (佐川 一政, Sagawa Issei, born 26 April 1949), also known as Pang or The Kobe Cannibal, is a Japanese murderer, cannibal, and necrophile known for the killing of Renée Hartevelt in Paris in 1981. Sagawa murdered Hartevelt then mutilated, cannibalized, and performed necrophilia on her corpse over several days. Sagawa was arrested but released after two years of pre-trial detention upon being found legally insane and deported to Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Issei Sagawa has received more than 3,449,784 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Issei Sagawa is the 850th most popular writer (up from 883rd in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from Japan (up from 140th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Japanese Writer.

Issei Sagawa is most famous for being a Japanese cannibal who killed and ate a Dutch woman in Paris in 1981.

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  • 2.33

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Among writers, Issei Sagawa ranks 850 out of 5,794Before him are Salvatore Quasimodo, Sidonius Apollinaris, André Bazin, Aelius Donatus, James Jones, and Rubén Darío. After him are John Updike, Virginia Satir, Ingeborg Bachmann, Quintus Tullius Cicero, Nikolay Karamzin, and Ibn Hawqal.

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Among people born in 1949, Issei Sagawa ranks 45Before him are Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Philippe Petit, Thaksin Shinawatra, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Joan Enric Vives Sicília, and Tom Waits. After him are Jarosław Kaczyński, Ivana Trump, Bill Nighy, Gene Simmons, Fanny Ardant, and Billy Joel.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Issei Sagawa ranks 111 out of 5,560Before him are Akio Morita (1921), Emperor Kōshō (-505), Yasuo Fukuda (1936), Emperor Kōan (-427), Mori Ōgai (1862), and Yamagata Aritomo (1838). After him are Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835), Hōjō Tokimune (1251), Emperor Reigen (1654), Emperor Higashiyama (1675), Iwane Matsui (1878), and Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Issei Sagawa ranks 17Before him are Natsume Sōseki (1867), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Kōbō Abe (1924), Masaru Emoto (1943), Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1886), and Mori Ōgai (1862). After him are Kobayashi Issa (1763), Zeami Motokiyo (1363), D. T. Suzuki (1870), Edogawa Ranpo (1894), Yosa Buson (1716), and Shoko Asahara (1955).