The Incredible Japanese Prison Break

  • Published: 01 October 2019
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    [The Incredible Japanese Prison Break]

    Aomori, Japan. 1936. Prisoner Yoshie Shiratori had had enough.

    He was forced to confess to a murder he did not commit, falsely imprisoned in Aomori Prison, beaten and tortured every night by prison guards, and, now worse, prosecutors were seeking the death penalty. In his mind, it was time to go; but Aomori Prison wasn’t the easiest to escape.

    Regardless, Yoshie Shiratori had nothing to lose, and so at 5:30 am he made his move. He knew there would be a 15 minute gap in the patrol time as he had studied the guards’ routine for months; and when the coast was clear, he pulled out a metal wire (which he had smuggled in from the bathhouse) and started to pick the lock. (This was originally the metal support ring that was wrapped around the bathing buckets inmates used to wash themselves).

    His hands were stiff from the wintry cold, but after a few minutes of picking, he had success, and his cell door swung open. But he wasn’t out of the woods yet, because there were more locked doors ahead. He knew he only had a few minutes left before the guards would return, and so he wasted no time attempting to pick his way through the remaining security doors.

    Now fortunately for him, he was able to make it out of the facility, but the bad news was that he was only halfway to freedom. You see, he was still well within the search perimeter, which meant at any moment the alarm could go off and he’d still be caught.

    At 5:45am the guards returned, peering into his cell; and this is what they saw - Shiratori sound asleep in his futon bed. ...

Comments • 20 444

  • Kento Bento
    Kento Bento   2 months back

    *BONUS VIDEO: The Japanese Prison Break FOLLOW-UP:

    Fun Fact: The prison that Yoshie Shiratori ended up in at the end (Fuchu Prison) is the same prison that was referenced in the 300 Million Yen robbery that I covered in my previous video 'The Greatest Bank Heist in Japanese History'. This Japanese heist took place in 1968, which is 7 years after Shiratori was released from prison.

    JAVILOPEZSEGUI  5 minutes back

    there's a main character in the manga/anime "golden kamui" modelled after this guy. I really recommend it

    • Communist Potato
      Communist Potato  8 minutes back

      The transition to the sponsor was so smooth it robbed all of my belongings without me noticing

      • Alien Face
        Alien Face  8 minutes back

        Wow. He was like a real life superhero that unfortunately got falsely accused of murdered and sentenced to prison 😔

        • Blue Shark
          Blue Shark  1 hours back

          Legends never die

          • Skyla the Dragoncat
            Skyla the Dragoncat  1 hours back

            Man that dude smart

            • Salmah Guled
              Salmah Guled  2 hours back

              when is the anime coming out

              • D3vid Y0:in
                D3vid Y0:in  2 hours back

                Damn this guy had /gamemode 1 on every day

                • QtDavid _
                  QtDavid _  2 hours back

                  So many abilities half way through the video I thought mans was gonna have like 30 abilities

                  • Invasiongaming 2
                    Invasiongaming 2  3 hours back

                    His power level must be over 9000!

                    • mykpopflopsme
                      mykpopflopsme  3 hours back

                      This has been in my recommendations for a while

                      • Avocedo 。
                        Avocedo 。  3 hours back

                        For her husband sake, she became US agent giving information and then convince US to drop atomic bomb.
                        But of course she kept this to herself.

                        • Verenoz
                          Verenoz  3 hours back

                          Can't they just make a big box made of metal or iron and not giving him soup for his meal?

                          • Wade Jonaitis
                            Wade Jonaitis  4 hours back

                            This guy is absolutely insane

                            • Arian Nuhan
                              Arian Nuhan  4 hours back

                              Make an anime on this. Would watch it 10/10

                              • Tomhepp 17
                                Tomhepp 17  4 hours back

                                Is this a myth

                                • TUNKU YUSRIZA ELIYANA TUNKU NAZRIN -

                                  I swear anime powers are based on this amazing dude.

                                  • Cemlyn Greenhalgh
                                    Cemlyn Greenhalgh  5 hours back

                                    Best story I have heard today

                                    • Random Potato
                                      Random Potato  5 hours back

                                      Lol the transition from the actual content to the sponsorship part of the vid was too smooth

                                      • Random Potato
                                        Random Potato  5 hours back

                                        The words...WHAT THE FUEK!?

                                        • Jimu Rhew
                                          Jimu Rhew  6 hours back

                                          Lento Bento:He had to sleep on the concrete floor
                                          Also Lento Bento*draws a bed*

                                          • Osmil Oe
                                            Osmil Oe  6 hours back

                                            Man that transition to the ad was smooth

                                            • DisGotty
                                              DisGotty  7 hours back

                                              Is he an anime protagonist

                                              • results of the remedies

                                                I dont think it is a true story

                                                • Josla
                                                  Josla  8 hours back

                                                  This story is stranger than any fiction story, didn't believe it till I search the Internet to this miracle person: Yoshie Shiratori (白鳥 由栄 Shiratori Yoshie, July 31, 1907 – February 24, 1979) was a Japanese national born in Aomori Prefecture. His family name Shiratori means 'swan' in Japanese.[2] He had a wife and one daughter. He is famous for having escaped from prison four times. These prisons were one of the harshest ones. Such as being abused, wandering in mountains, etc. In total, he was sentenced to life plus 23 years for his crimes, but only served 26 years, and was paroled in 1961.[3]

                                                  In 1933, he was apprehended on suspicion of murder and robbery, which he had not committed. Prosecutors had sought the death sentence. He escaped from Aomori Prison in 1936 using a length of wire which he found on wooden bathing buckets to pick the lock of his handcuffs. He was soon recaptured and sentenced to life imprisonment after 3 days. He escaped from Akita Prison in 1942 by scaling the smooth copper walls like a lizard and squeezing through an air vent in the prison's ceiling. He went to the home of a kindly guard from Aomori Prison for assistance but was rearrested when the guard alerted the police while Shiratori went to the toilet. Shiratori vowed to never trust officers of the law again. In custody again, three years were added to his sentence, and he was incarcerated in Abashiri Prison. In 1945 he weakened his solid steel handcuffs and the inspection hole on his cell door by rusting them with miso soup and by using his ability to dislocate parts of his body, he climbed thorugh the inspection hole and escaped again. He had found an abandoned mine in Hokkaido and made a fire. He lived off nuts, berries, and crab. He observed how the bears caught crabs and learned how to do the same. Then, he started to head to Sapporo. In 1946, a starving Shiratori tried to steal a tomato from a farmer, who mistook him for a local thief and attacked him. Shiratori fought back and accidentally killed the farmer in the scuffle, piercing his stomach, resulting in his arrest. Sapporo District Court sentenced him to death and placed him under 24 hour surveillance under six armed guards. To prevent a repeat of the last escape, he was put in a prison with air vents and an inspection hole smaller than his head, as his previous escapes involved him climbing out through the ceiling. This meant the floor construction of the prison was neglected, which a huge mistake. The guards checked his room daily while Shiratori took a bath. The guards were so confident that Shiratori wouldn't escape that they didn't bother handcuffing him, which turned out to be a huge mistake too. By this time, Shiratori was getting old, but he was desperate. He tricked the guards by constantly looking up for an escape plan, so that the guards would neglect checking the floor. In 1947, while awaiting execution in Sapporo Prison, he escaped by unbolting the wooden floorboards under his bed with cutlery and then digging his way to freedom with a bowl.

                                                  In 1948 at the age of 41, Shiratori was exhausted, and after being offered a cigarette by a police officer, he was moved by this action of kindness and respect. He admitted that he was an escaped convict. The consequences were less harsh, as he willingly gave himself up and Japan's justice system was changing. The High Court of Sapporo felt sympathetic and dismissed the murder allegation and revoked his death sentence, as it was recognized as self-defense. They also took into account that in all 4 escapes, he did not hurt a single guard, despite the abuse he received under them. They revoked his death sentence and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The court approved his request to be transferred to a Tokyo prison. He remained in Fuchū Prison until he was paroled in 1961. He went to Aomori Prefecture in 1973 and met with his daughter to tell his life story. Shiratori then lived another 10 years, supporting himself by doing odd jobs like building, farming, and compensated dating. He had also met another woman in 1971 and they had one son together. He died of a heart attack in 1979. His ashes were taken by a woman who had cared for him.

                                                  Shiratori became an anti-hero in Japanese culture. Akira Yoshimura published a novel Hagoku based on him. A memorial to Shiratori is in the Abashiri Prison Museum.

                                                  • nikita kuzub
                                                    nikita kuzub  9 hours back

                                                    Why is the lock inside the cage?

                                                    • ธนภัทร กันประเสริฐ

                                                      Thats spider man
                                                      1.Can climb

                                                      My theory is ver good :D

                                                      • Danny Nguyen
                                                        Danny Nguyen  11 hours back

                                                        This almost sound fake

                                                        • •pinku_ramen•
                                                          •pinku_ramen•  11 hours back

                                                          *i feel bad for this dood*

                                                          • timmy D=
                                                            timmy D=  12 hours back

                                                            Its ashame, this guy was clearly incredibly intelligent. But he was forced to use that to achieve basic freedoms.

                                                            • Issac Zhang
                                                              Issac Zhang  12 hours back

                                                              He's a secret member of the X-Men.

                                                              • SR Videos
                                                                SR Videos  12 hours back

                                                                Man wants to see his wife and daughter but could only see one and could only see his daughter.

                                                                • Abhishek Verma
                                                                  Abhishek Verma  12 hours back

                                                                  *Caught stealing a tomato.*

                                                                  Shiratori - Ah shit, here we go again.

                                                                  • I am Jafar
                                                                    I am Jafar  12 hours back

                                                                    I can't believe it is but a fairy-tale

                                                                    • YukiFN
                                                                      YukiFN  14 hours back

                                                                      Can we all just come to say what an awesome Segway

                                                                      • Jakob Gee
                                                                        Jakob Gee  16 hours back

                                                                        Dude was literally a fucking Pillar Man

                                                                        • Elijah Stephens
                                                                          Elijah Stephens  17 hours back

                                                                          THIS GUY IS LIKE A FRICKEN ANIME CHARACTER

                                                                          • Pyurified
                                                                            Pyurified  17 hours back

                                                                            Is this guy a anime protagonist

                                                                            • Mason Wu
                                                                              Mason Wu  17 hours back

                                                                              How good is this guy

                                                                              • tamari
                                                                                tamari  17 hours back

                                                                                kobayashi is a great person

                                                                                • Lax_iixenii- nick
                                                                                  Lax_iixenii- nick  18 hours back

                                                                                  Best video ever!

                                                                                  • scott izzo
                                                                                    scott izzo  18 hours back

                                                                                    his story was basically a movie

                                                                                    • baby bambino
                                                                                      baby bambino  18 hours back

                                                                                      shiratori:*waited 6 months to escape*
                                                                                      also shiratori:ooh a tomato

                                                                                      • Brett Hellerud
                                                                                        Brett Hellerud  22 hours back

                                                                                        All this for a shameless plug for dashlane at the end lmao I respect it

                                                                                        • F
                                                                                          F  22 hours back

                                                                                          I’m pissed the fuck off at the so called “nice cop” also called “kobiyashi” that snitched

                                                                                          • SIBORG 545
                                                                                            SIBORG 545  22 hours back


                                                                                            • Dylan
                                                                                              Dylan  22 hours back

                                                                                              THAT DASHLANE PLUG WAS SMOOTH LIKE DANG

                                                                                              • Overlord Nazarick
                                                                                                Overlord Nazarick  23 hours back

                                                                                                I respect the way he lived his life... I hope they make some anime-like story about him... But most likely will never happen cause even now I bet guards are scare of his teachings... A human-sized Hulk vs Guards... 10/10 I would watch it...