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Growing scandal tied to Suga’s son underlines power of privilege

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The protagonist of the short story “Katachi” (Appearance) by Kan Kikuchi (1888-1948) is Shinbei Nakamura, a famed spearman nicknamed “Yari Nakamura” (Spear Nakamura).

He was so formidable that just a glimpse of his “kabuto” helmet and “jinbaori” surcoat on the battleground was enough to strike terror in the hearts of enemy soldiers.

One day, the son of Shinbei’s lord and master asked to borrow Shinbei’s helmet and surcoat.

The young man was going to his first battle the next day and wanted very much to distinguish himself by surprising the enemy.

When the young warrior appeared on the battleground in Shinbei’s getup, the enemy lines started falling into disarray.

Appearing as a powerful person makes you just as........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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