Publisher Note

On 14 January 1958, the disfigured and amputated body of a man was discovered near Lake Sembako in Japan. Two investigators from Tokyo came to help out the local police in order to resolve what at first appeared to be a banal case, but which proved to be more complex. For the first time, a photographer was authorised to accompany the police to document the investigation.
Watabe followed the inspector as he questioned witnesses (workers in a tannery factory, local police officers etc.) and pounded the streets of the most insalubrious neighbourhoods in Tokyo – its bars, bridges, alleyways and hospitals – in search of the killer. Watabe’s images record much more than simply a police investigation, they reveal Tokyo in the 1950s in a way that has rarely been shown.


A Criminal Investigation

by Watabe Yukichi

Release Place Paris, France
Release Date 2012
Writer: Titus Boeder
Artist: Watabe Yukichi
ISBN-13: 978-2-91517-382-6
Topics Criminal Investigation, Japan, Tokyo
Methods Black & White Photography
Language English
Dimensions 21.0 × 29.0 cm
Pages 100