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Mitsuhirato
Character information
Name(s): Mitsuhirato
Hair: Black
Nationality: Japanese
Occupation: Drug smuggling worker
Affiliation: Kih-Oskh Brotherhood
Status: Deceased
Behind the scenes
Portrayed By: Denis Akiyama
First Appearance: The Blue Lotus
Last Appearance: The Blue Lotus


"Seventy Suffering Samurais!"
—Mitsuhirato[src]

Mitsuhirato is a sadistic Japanese double agent who appears in The Blue Lotus as an antagonist who impedes Tintin. After being defeated and arrested, he commits suicide.

History

Mitsuhirato owned a women's clothing shop on Tai P'ing Lu street, Shanghai, but was also involved in a drug trafficking ring with Roberto Rastapopoulos and the Kih-Oskh Brotherhood while also working as a spy for the Japanese government. Mitsuhirato is, along with the other Japanese principal characters, is characterized as an evil, scheming person, exploiting political turmoil in China to his and his country's advantage. He is depicted as being the mastermind of the Mudken Incident that sparked the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and an escalation in the state of undeclared war between Japan and the Nationalist Government of China. After his subsequent capture at the end of The Blue Lotus, he is described in a news cutting as having committed suicide by hara-kiri.

Mitsuhirato

Mitsuhirato as seen in the book series

Name

Mitsuhira (光平) is a reasonably common Japanese given-name (but note that Mitsuhirato is a surname). Mitsuhirato might merely be intended to sound like an elaborate Japanese name, similar to the famous group of companies Mitsubishi (三菱, "three diamonds," literally "three water chestnuts"). Mitsuhirato could also be interpreted to mean "three flat doors" (三平戸). In the Japanese version, Mitsuhirato's name is written "ミツヒラト" in the script used for foreign words, possibly to downplay his Japanese nationality

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