Sugako Kanno
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Japanese Sugako Kanno, called Suga by her friends was born in 1881. At the age of fourteen she was raped. For Suga the incident resultet in strong feelings of shame and guilt - like she was supposed to according to the traditional moral standards in Japan.
She gained a strong relief by reading an anarchist writer who counseled rape wictims not to feel guilty. This essay arosed Suga's interest in socialism, and gradually radical ideas became strongly related to Suga's personal pride and the meaning of her life.
Suga and 3 others made a plot to produce a bomb to assassinate the emperor. She was enthuastic about carrying out the plan, hoping to emulate Sofiya Perovskaya. However their plan was blown before any bomb was produced. During the trial the case became known as "The Great Treason".
Suga was condemned to death by hanging along with her comrades. Suga hoped for herself that she would be brave on the scaffold.
During the days before her execution Suga made entries in her diary.
She had a conversation with the director of instruction:
"I described the kind of coffin I wanted made for me and how I wanted to be dressed after death. I was afraid that the supporters of the emperor and champions of patriotism might dig up my corpse and hack it to bits. I did not want to look too shabby when this happened."
Two days before her execution she added this in her diary:
"After my last insigficant breath and when I have become a mere lump og flesh, I suppose it doesn't really matter what happens to my remains. But I hate the thought of being squeezed into a coffin i an awkward position with my legs bent under. I want a coffin which my body can be laid out flat. I had also wanted to be in my good clothes. If by chance someone were to dig up my coffin and expose my body, I didn't want to look too unseemly. Now, however, I've decided it would be more natural for me to be dressed in my ordinary clothes. It doesn't matter if my dress is torn or soiled."
Suga went to the gallows on January 25, 1911, she was 29 years old. Her execution was reported like this in a Japanese paper:
"She mounted the scaffold escorted by guards on both sides. Her face was covered quickly by a white cloth. She was then ordered to sit upright on the floor. Two thin cords were placed around her neck. The floor-board was removed. In twelve minutes she was dead."