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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

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