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The Tatenokai was created in 1967, recruiting its membership primarily from the staff of Ronso Journal , an obscure right-wing college newspaper. In an unusual move, the Tatenokai was granted the right to train with the nation's armed forces, the Japan Self-Defense Forces. In 1970 three Tatenokai led by Mishima briefly seized control of the Self-Defense Force's headquarters and attempted to rally the soldiers to stage a coup d'etat and restore imperial rule. When this failed, Mishima and Masakatsu Morita , the Tatenokai's main student leader, committed seppuku (ritual suicide).
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