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Prisoner Yoshie Shiratori had had enough.
He was forced to confess to\na murder he did not commit.
Falsely imprisoned in Aomori Prison
beaten and tortured every\nnight by prison guards
and now worse, prosecutors\nwere seeking the death penalty.
But Aomori Prison wasn't\nthe easiest to escape.
Regardless, Yoshie Shiratori\nhad nothing to lose.
And so at 5:30 a.m. he made his move.
He knew there would be a 15\nminute gap in the patrol time
as he had studied the\nguards' routine for months.
And when the coast was clear,\nhe pulled out a metal wire
which he had smuggled\nin from the bathhouse
This was originally the metal support ring
that was wrapped around\nthe bathing buckets
His hands were stiff from the wintry cold.
But after a few minutes of\npicking, he had success
But he wasn't out of the woods yet
because there were more\nlocked doors ahead.
He knew he only had a few minutes\n
and so he wasted no time\nattempting to pick his way through
Now fortunately for him he was\n
But, the bad news was that he\nwas only halfway to freedom.
You see, he was still well\nwithin the search perimeter
which meant at any moment\nthe alarm could go off
At 5:45 a.m. the guards\nreturned, peering into his cell.
Shiratori sound asleep in his futon bed.
But of course, what they didn't realize
was that they were\nlooking at something else
a pile of loose floorboards\nunderneath his duvet
It wasn't until the next morning\n
But by then Shiratori was long gone.
But if you've watched any\nof our previous videos
you'll know that things\naren't always as they seem.
In fact, for Yoshie Shiratori,\naka the Prison Break Magician
Three days later he was caught\n
And just like that, he\nwas back in the slammer.
But this time for his escape attempt
he was sentenced to life in prison.
He would never be with his family\n
And all the months of planning\n
and now it seemed he'd be locked\nup for a very long time.
Six years later, in 1942, in the\nmidst of the Second World War
Shiratori found himself transferred\n
There the guards treated him\neven worse than in Aomori.
They had heard about\nShiratori's previous escape
and were determined to\nmake an example out of him.
They wanted to make sure he\nwould never escape again.
Along with the usual beatings,\nhe was forced to partake
in extreme manual labor, made to sleep
on the hard concrete floor\nin the severe winter cold
and placed into solitary confinement
Now this was a specially-made\nsolitary confinement cell
which was very small and\nhad a very high ceiling
with the walls covered with\ncopper sheets so smooth
that it was impossible to grip.
In addition, there was almost no sunlight
even in the daytime, with\nthe only window light
coming from a small sealed\nskylight high above.
This was a room designed to\nkeep escape artists from escaping.
And if that wasn't enough,\nthe guards also made sure
that Shiratori was\nhandcuffed at all times.
Now despite the constant\nabuse, one of the guards
Kobayashi, in fact the head\nguard, took pity on him.
Kobayashi never laid a\nfinger, and even seemed
to check up on him from time to time
Perhaps this made life a little\nmore bearable for Shiratori.
And it might have even been\nwhat kept his will alive
all the way to the night of June 15th.
It was a stormy night, and\nShiratori was in the middle
of one of his extended stays\nin solitary confinement.
At around midnight one of the\nguards peered into his cell
He opened the cell door and\nlooked around in astonishment
as Yoshie Shiratori had\nvanished into thin air.
All that was left was his handcuffs.
Well, there were a few\nassumptions the guards made
that did not apply to Shiratori.
For one, handcuffs simply\ndidn't work on him.
Shiratori was actually a master\nof getting out of handcuffs.
And in fact, had several\nmethods to choose from.
Here he decided to go with the\nfamiliar lock picking method.
But he really could have\ngone with any of them.
He had thoroughly scoured his surroundings
to find anything that could\nbe of use in an escape.
And just like in Aomori Prison
he was able to uncover\na loose bit of wire.
Perhaps it was from one of the\nitems Kobayashi brought him.
After freeing himself from the cuffs
he placed his palms and soles\n
and started climbing the unclimbable wall.
It turned out Shiratori\nwas also an expert climber
with an uncanny ability\nto scale like a lizard.
Once he reached the skylight above
he noticed that, yes,\nthe window was sealed.
But the wooden framing around\nit was starting to rot.
And so thereafter night after night
when the guards weren't looking
and loosened the framing bit by bit.
Afterwards he'd climb back down
and place the handcuffs back\non as to not rouse suspicion.
After a couple of months, the\nwindow finally came loose.
And from there it was just\nabout choosing the right day.
He waited until a particular stormy night
so the guards wouldn't hear\nthe footsteps on the roof.
He had escaped from prison again.
Now this time he wouldn't be caught.
Or at least, not in the way you'd expect.
Three months later, on September 18th,\n
when he heard a knock on the door.
To his surprise, it was the\nfugitive Yoshie Shiratori
unkempt and disheveled,\nand he needed a favor.
A stunned Kobayashi\ntook him in and fed him
all the while listening\nto what he had to say.
Shiratori explained that\nhe didn't actually mind
being in prison and that the only reason
he escaped twice now was\ndue to the tremendous abuse
he suffered at the hands\nof the sadistic guards.
Kobayashi, however, was the only one
who treated him with\nany amount of respect.
And so he felt he owed it to him\n
Now this plan involved\nShiratori willingly, yes
handing himself over to\nthe Justice Department
where he could then personally make a case
for how corrupt and barbaric\nthe Japanese prison system was
He wanted to campaign for change
and in the process gain his\n
he could realistically\nend up with his family.
This, of course, was a\nsuper ambitious plan.
And as a fugitive on the run,\nhe was well aware of that.
Which is why he needed\nKobayashi, the well-respected
head guard of Akita\nPrison, to vouch for him
As the only guard who\never treated him right
he had a feeling Kobayashi\nwould do the right thing.
Minutes later, while\nShiratori was in the toilet
Just like that, Shiratori\nwas back in prison
and this time he vowed never\n
For the second escape, the courthouse
added three more years\nto his life sentence.
Now Shiratori requested to\nbe sent to a Tokyo prison
as he couldn't stand the\ncold in the northern prisons.
His previous stints had\nweakened him severely
to the infamous Abashiri\nPrison in Hokkaido
the northernmost prison in Japan.
No man had ever escaped from\nthis wintry hellhole of a prison.
It was now 1943, and the cold\nwas unbearable in Abashiri
as the temperature in the\ncells was below freezing point.
Whenever inmates received\ntheir prison food
the miso soup and soy sauce\nwould often freeze up.
In this temperature a handcuffed Shiratori
was thrown into an open\ncell in summer clothing
and he immediately felt the\nparalyzing sting of cold air.
Perhaps in a fit of desperation,\n
But they were able to push\nhim back and beat him down.
An enraged and defiant\nShiratori stood back up
and vowed that he would\nescape from Abashiri Prison
and that there was nothing\nthey could do about it.
In fact, he claimed there was\n
as he'd always find a way to break free
if not by lock picking, then well, this.
He the proceeded to rip apart\nthe chain of his handcuffs
It turned out Shiratori had\nanother special ability.
Aside from his outstanding\nclimbing abilities
he also possessed incredible\n
Back in Akita Prison he\ncould have broken free
if he didn't have to put them back on.
Now this was impressive,\nbut it wasn't so smart
to lay his cards on the table like that
as the guards were starting to\nbuild an escape profile on him.
They knew he had lock picking abilities
lizard-like climbing abilities
and now almost superhuman strength.
And so they set out to devise\nthe ultimate escape-proof cell
one that was sure to be Shiratori proof.
The new cell had steel fixtures\nwith a low chance of rot.
Any openings, even the bars removed,\n
meaning there was no way he\ncould physically fit through.
He had specially made solid iron\n
and leg cuffs that made\nhim barely able to stand.
These cuffs weighed 20 kgs\neach and had no keyhole
which meant they could not be lock picked.
And the only way they could be\n
who would come once every\nfew weeks to remove them
in an arduous two hour process.
It was at this point, and only this point
that he could even take a bath.
And he certainly needed one\nas weeks of being shackled up
with no movement meant his cuff wounds
On top of that, and as cold\nas it had already been
Any strength he would have left
would surely be nullified\nby the upcoming freeze.
Though just in case, they still made sure
to cut his already meager\nfood portions in half.
Even for Shiratori, this was too much.
As winter came he succumbed to his fate.
Every day the guards would slide his meal
through the opening and he'd\nbe forced to grovel like a dog.
His hand and leg cuffs\nmade every action awkward
and uncomfortable, with\neven sleeping being a pain.
There was no doubt life in\nAbashiri Prison was absolute torture.
Shiratori was somehow able to survive\n
This meant he was starting\nto get his strength back.
But still, what could he really do?
Months passed and well,\nnothing seemed to happen.
Then one night in August,\na guard in his office
was doing some paperwork when\n
but he decided to check on the prisoners.
As he looked inside\nShiratori's inescapable cell
The futon bed and prison\ngarments were neatly folded up.
The specially made 20 kg handcuffs\n
two specialists two hours to remove
And Shiratori was nowhere to be seen.
He had finally fulfilled\nhis promise to the guards.
but despite the work of the search party,\n
But how on earth did this happen?
How did he escape from the\nfortress that was Abashiri Prison?
Well, preparation had\nstarted six months earlier.
At the time he didn't have\nthe strength or stamina
not to mention the restraints he was in.
The one thing he did have\nwas time and patience.
Every day the guards would\nslide his meal through.
And while he struggled to\neat his food off the floor
he always made sure to save a little\n
You see, every night he\nwould hobble awkwardly
and splash a little of\nit on the steel frame.
He would also dab some on\nhis handcuffs and leg cuffs.
Now his intention was for the\nsalt content of the miso soup
to oxidize the screws and bolts
eventually corroding and loosening it.
After a month, this technique\nof rusting through the iron
actually worked, and the\nfirst screw came out.
The next few months saw screws and bolts
coming loose assisted by\nthe use of the first screw
By the end of spring, he was able
to fully remove his\nhandcuffs and leg cuffs
as well as the steel frame\nof the inspection window.
The size of the opening\nwas smaller than his body
which meant he couldn't fit through
a contingency thought out by the guards.
What they didn't account for\n
which involved being able to\ndislocate his joints at will.
With this he was now able to slide\n
This repertoire of skills\nthus surely making him
an honorary member of the X-Men.
With that he climbed\nthrough a broken window
Impressively, Shiratori had\nnow escaped from three prisons
as well as being the only man\nto ever escape Abashiri Prison.
but this was northern Hokkaido.
And the only direction\nhe could have gone to
Actually, the prison guards felt that
they had the last laugh because\nif the cold didn't get him
the mountain bears certainly would.
Despite this likelihood,\nthere was one person
who stayed hopeful, and\nthat was Shiratori's wife.
she knew he wouldn't be able\nto make it back to his family
as the authorities would\nbe constantly on his tail.
Which is why she was\ndesperately and secretly hoping
as that would enable the US\nto take over the country
meaning everyone would likely\nforget about her husband.
Of course, she kept this to herself.
But then a year later, in\nAugust 1945, she got her wish.
The Americans had now\ntaken over the country's
penitentiary system, and\nsweeping changes were being made.
And it did seem perhaps that the manhunt
for Yoshie Shiratori had\nnow taken a back seat.
Yet the question remained, where was he
The answer was yes, he was alive\nand living a solitary life
It turned out he had\ndiscovered an abandoned mine
on a mountainside in\nthe Hokkaido wilderness
and was able to make a home for himself.
For food he lived off nuts and berries
and was even able to learn to catch crabs
from a stream by observing\nthe habits of bears.
But after a while, curiosity\ngot the better of him.
And so after two years of isolation
he made his way down the\nmountain to a nearby village.
The streets were filled with\nsigns written in English.
The posters and flags emblematic
of the war effort had vanished.
And even more strange,\nyoung Japanese girls
were holding hands with American soldiers.
He grabbed a newspaper\nthat had been set aside
flipped through the pages,\nand it was only then
that he found out about the atomic bombs
Japan had surrendered the previous\n
As with his wife, he felt it\nwas now pointless to hide.
And so bid farewell to his\nold hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
He headed south of Abashiri\nfor the next 50 days
until he reached the city of Sapporo.
So he found himself a nice ripe\ntomato from a nearby field
A farmer had spotted him and\n
which led to a scuffle resulting
in the farmer's abdomen\nbeing pierced by a blade.
But not before Shiratori\nwas arrested for the crime.
It wasn't long until police found out
that they had in fact had the\n
For his multiple escapes and\nhaving now murdered the farmer
despite his claims of self-defense
he was sentenced to death by\nthe District Court of Sapporo.
And in 1947, he was sent to Sapporo Prison
Now to ensure he wouldn't escape this time
while on death row, he was\nplaced under 24 hour surveillance
with six armed guards personally\nassigned to his watch.
As for the cell itself,\nit was upgraded further
with reinforced doors,\nceilings, bars, windows.
In fact, any openings were made smaller
than the size of his\nhead, not just his body
learning from the Abashiri escape.
As while he may be able\nto dislocate his joints
he certainly can't dislocate his skull.
As long as his head can't\nfit, they were good.
The six guards were so confident\n
and the odds of escaping by\nthis point were looking slim.
As his execution loomed\nnear, there was little
he could really do, and\nthe guards knew that.
They could see the\ndesperation on his face
looking up, searching for an escape\n
Though still, just in case, they made\n
while he was taking a\nbath in the bathhouse
inspecting the ceiling, skylight
A month passed and winter was\nnow coming, weakening him further.
And the realization was\nstarting to dawn on him.
He grew increasingly\ndespondent, staying in bed
refusing to wake up despite\nthe orders of the guards.
until one morning, the guards had\n
They flipped over the\nduvet and he was gone.
Going back to when he was first placed
under 24 hour surveillance\nwith the six armed guards
personally assigned to his watch.
He had in fact conditioned them to\n
not just because his\nprevious escape attempts
involved climbing through\nskylight windows on ceilings
but also his suspicious,\nyet as it turned out
very intentional, behavior\nof constantly looking up
Little did they know, it was all an\n
But it would be taking place\n
You see, it turned out the authorities\n
that they neglected to\nreinforce the bottom.
This ironically ended up being his easiest
and simplest escape\nbecause all he had to do
was remove the bolted floorboards
which wasn't easy but he had experience
and using random cutlery\nand a miso soup bowl
And he was able to hide his activities
due to A, the guards not\nsuspecting this approach
and B, the floorboard panels\nbeing put back in place
The six guards thought they were\n
But with the hole consistently\n
and it increasingly becoming the norm
to refuse the orders of\nthe guards to wake up
nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Placing a pile of loose floorboards\n
was also a callback to his\nfirst prison escape in Aomori.
So he had now escaped\nfrom prison four times.
And by this point the story\nis starting to get ridiculous.
But this perpetual cycle\nof capture and escape
capture and escape, was about to end.
Because a year later, in\n1948, Shiratori was exhausted.
And this was a young man's game.
One day in the Kotoni\nneighborhood, still in Sapporo
as he stopped to rest, a\npoliceman just happened
to sit by his side for a smoke.
He didn't who Shiratori was, but\n
Shiratori, of course,\nwas wary of his presence
and tried to play it cool, all the while
attempting to figure out\na way to remove himself
from the situation\nwithout being suspicious.
Suddenly the policeman\ndid something unexpected
He pulled out another cigarette\nand offered it to him.
You see, cigarettes were\nexpensive luxury items
And the fact that\nsomeone offered it to him
just out of the kindness of his heart
Not to mention all his\nlife he had been abused
and mistreated by officers of the law
with even the head guard,\nKobayashi, turning his back on him.
And here was an instance of an\n
As he smoked the cigarette,\nShiratori couldn't help
but tell the officer his\nfull name, Yoshie Shiratori
and that he had escaped from\nSapporo Prison last year.
In fact, he had escaped from\nprison four times in his life.
It was strangely a relief\nto get it all off his chest
and he was even ready\nfor the consequences.
After the Kobayashi incident he had vowed
never to trust another\nofficer of the law again.
But the simple act of\nreceiving a cigarette
Of course, he was arrested again,\n
Maybe it was the fact that\nhe willingly gave himself up
or that Japan's justice system\nwas going through a change.
But the High Court of Sapporo\n
And some of his past\nclaims were recognized
such as acknowledging the farmer's\n
They also made note\nthat throughout all four
of his prison escapes he didn't\nkill or injure a single guard
despite the abuse he may\nhave suffered at the ends.
At the end of the deliberation
the High Court dismissed\nthe murder charge
and instead sentenced him\nto just 20 years in prison.
Further, they approved his\nrequest to be transferred
to a Tokyo prison where\nthe weather was warmer.
He was getting what he wanted.
In Tokyo he was sent\nto Fuchu Prison where
for the first time, the guards\nactually treated him well.
There were all these precautions\n
that the infamous Prison Break\nMagician wouldn't escape.
But the truth was Shiratori\ndidn't really care anymore.
Everything he'd been fighting against
the mistreatment from\nguards, the death penalty
even the northern climate,\nwas no longer of concern.
There was no need to escape anymore.
He finally accepted his punishment.
And for the remainder of his\nsentence acted as a model prisoner.
Just 14 years later, in 1961,\nhe was released on parole.
And for the first time in a long time
He decided to head back to\nAomori where it all began
and meet up with his daughter
who by this point unfortunately\n
For his incredible\nescapes, Yoshie Shiratori
became a legend, an antihero in Japan.
But it was very much the opposite\n
which had somehow allowed him\nto escape time and time again.
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