Shosei Koda (香田 証生) was a 24 year old citizen of Japan who was beheaded by Iraqi militants while touring the country.
On October 19, 2004 Shosei Koda took a trip to Iraq to see what was really going on in the country. He ignored travel advisories, boarded a plane and flew off.
Not surprisingly, a few days into his stay in Iraq, Shosei Koda was kidnapped. His captors made a demand that Japan withdraw its forces from Iraq or else Shosei Koda would be decapitated Salafi style. The Japanese government headed by Japan’s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi refused to give in to the demands of terrorists and as a result, on October 29, 2004 Shosei Koda was beheaded.
The beheading video begins with images of Shosei Koda kneeling in front of an American flag laid on the ground with his hands tied behind his back, as large black Islamic flag hung on the wall takes up much of the view. He’s then seen with black bag over his head as three barefoot militants with masks over their faces stand on the US flag behind him, reading a statement in an Arabic language.
The beheading starts at the 2:11 minute mark. Shosei Koda is thrown on his side, bag which covered his head is ripped off and the militant closest to his head sinks the blade of his knife into the Japanese man’s trachea.
Shosei Koda only lets out one painful scream and takes the rest of his execution without much flinching. His blood gushed over the tiled floor, the American flag and the terrorists bare feet as the blade cut ever so deeper into his neck.
Much of the process of decapitation is not shown in the video – quite possibly because spine was giving the militants traditional problems and took a while to cut through. Only the beginning and the end of the sawing through the neck is shown, but that’s basically the worst of it.
Towards the end of the video the militants raise Shosei’s blood covered, severed head up like a trophy to show off with it on camera like it’s the greatest thing they’ve achieved in their miserable lives. The video ends with images of Shosei Koda’s headless body laid on top of blood soaked American flag with his severed head rested on his back and fades into the banner of al-Qaeda in Iraq..
Props to Best Gore member @jaywalker for the video: