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Sada Abe

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Sada Abe (阿部 定, Abe Sada, May 28, 1905 – after 1971) was a Japanese geisha and prostitute who murdered her lover, Kichizō Ishida (石田 吉蔵), via strangulation on May 18, 1936, before cutting off his penis and testicles and carrying them around with her in her kimono. The story became a national sensation in Japan, acquiring mythic overtones, and has been interpreted by artists, philosophers, novelists and filmmakers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sada Abe has received more than 1,750,213 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Sada Abe is the 69th most popular extremist (up from 73rd in 2019), the 215th most popular biography from Japan (up from 278th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Extremist.

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Among extremists, Sada Abe ranks 69 out of 209Before her are Johnny Torrio, Barry Seal, Timothy McVeigh, Dennis Rader, Marc Dutroux, and Shamil Basayev. After her are Charles Sobhraj, Boris Savinkov, Jean II, Duke of Alençon, Henry Lee Lucas, Jalaluddin Haqqani, and Ma Barker.

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Among people born in 1905, Sada Abe ranks 51Before her are Takashi Shimura, Carl Gustav Hempel, Erwin Chargaff, Lale Andersen, Emmanuel Mounier, and Kurt Gerstein. After her are Barnett Newman, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Cotten, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, Severo Ochoa, and Sebastian Shaw.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Sada Abe ranks 215 out of 6,048Before her are Kyu Sakamoto (1941), Emperor Ankō (401), Okita Sōji (1842), Ashikaga Takauji (1305), Kantarō Suzuki (1868), and Rumiko Takahashi (1957). After her are Akira Yoshizawa (1911), Jisaburō Ozawa (1886), Emperor Ninken (449), Antonio Inoki (1943), Ishikawa Goemon (1558), and Eiji Yoshikawa (1892).


Among extremists born in Japan, Sada Abe ranks 2Before her are Issei Sagawa (1949). After her are Tsutomu Miyazaki (1962).