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The Japanese Prison Break: FOLLOW-UP

December 1, 2019

– [Narrator] I’m Kento Bento. – [Nar. ] This video is made
possible by CuriosityStream. By signing up at the
link in the description, you’ll also get Nebula for free, a second video streaming platform
that I just so happen to be a part of. Before we start, I just want to apologize
if my voice sounds a little rough. I’m actually quite sick, but I really
wanted to make this video. So, anyway, if you clicked on this, I assume you’ve already watched
‘The Incredible Japanese Prison Break’. And, as it turns out, many of you had some
lingering questions that needed answering. Like, where did all the dirt go? How can anyone break handcuffs
with their bare hands? Why didn’t anyone see the rust
after using the miso soup? How can you add three more
years to a life sentence? What exactly was Shiratori’s initial
crime that lead to his first arrest? What happened in his life after
being released from prison? Was this whole video just an ad, bro? And, as a bonus, what’s the next
Kento Bento video going to be about? We’ll get to all of that, but by far, the most common question was
“Where did all the dirt go?” So, let’s start with that.
This is the scene in question: the set-up for the
fourth and final escape. The illustration shows him
burrowing straight down beneath the floorboards,
but how can that be if there was no place to hide the dirt? Well, this guy thinks the
only possible explanation is that he must have eaten it. Others have suggested that
Shiratori must have pulled a ‘Shawshank Redemption’ and over
time emptied it in the yard. But, as far as I’m aware,
he was in isolation at all times, so that’s
probably not what happened. No, the answer is actually pretty simple. Just as with most building structures, the foundation of the
cell isn’t built directly on the surface of the soil, which means there was more than enough
room underneath the floorboards for the dirt to fit. And
sorry that this wasn’t clearly illustrated in the drawing, but let’s all blame Charlie
the illustrator for that. Another common remark was
that this video must be fake, since there’s no way anyone can break handcuffs with their bare hands. Well, this has all been
documented and, of course, what makes this story worth
telling in the first place is precisely because it doesn’t seem real. But specifically about
the handcuffs, remember, these were cuffs from the 1930s, in Japan. Breaking them isn’t too absurd
an idea when you consider, and I’ll quote this Reddit user, that Japanese iron, at the time, wasn’t especially pure,
mostly deriving from iron sand, which has a ton of impurities. It’s likely Shiratori could snap the
cuffs along the weak link and on top of that, we know Shiratori had immense
strength, making this all the more plausible. But what about his escape
from the 20kg solid iron handcuffs and legcuffs after
using a salty miso soup? Why didn’t anyone notice the rust? Those metalwork guys apparently
came every couple weeks or so to remove his cuffs, so he could take a bath. By the way, sorry about the maggot shot. So, why didn’t they see anything? Well, the rusting was
intentionally made obvious in the illustrations to demonstrate
clearly what was going on. That was my call. But in
reality, it wasn’t so visible. And the way the specialists
removed the cuffs every few weeks was by breaking
apart the actual metal. So they never actually paid too
much attention to the screws and bolts. Okay, so, this one was
kinda surprising to me. Quite a few people asked how could there
be three more years added to a life sentence, as was the case for Shiratori
after his second escape? Now this wasn’t a mistake in the script, nor does it mean that the
prison keeps the corpse three years after death;
rather, the answer is that a life sentence is
not what you think it is. A life sentence, or life
imprisonment, can mean, yes, inmates remain in
prison for the rest of their natural lives, but could
also mean for a fixed period of time or until they are paroled. In 1930s Japan, I believe
this period was at least ten years; nowadays, it’s
increased to about 35 years. And, this may also help you understand how some criminals can be
given multiple life sentences, like two or three, or even ten
for the more severe crimes. Or, as the case with Terry
Nichols, an accomplice in the Oklahoma City bombing, 161
consecutive life sentences. Okay, then what exactly was
Shiratori’s initial crime, the one that got him
imprisoned in the first place? This was asked a lot in the comments too, even though I actually addressed it
at the very beginning of the video. Prisoner Yoshie Shiratori had had enough. He was forced to confess to
a murder he did not commit. But just to elaborate on this, Shiratori had a rough
upbringing after his father died and his mother abandoned
him at the age of two. And he later found himself
involved with a bad crowd or seemingly some sort of gang, which may explain how he
developed such skills as lock picking, handcuff
breaking, and prison parkour. Now, it was apparently these people who were the ones responsible
for committing the murder, not Shiratori, but he made
the mistake of tagging along. After they were all arrested,
what happened was that the group turned on him
and claimed that he was, in fact, the murderer,
and along with the police beating a false confession out of him, became the fall guy and
he was quickly convicted. Now that’s apparently the story, but the circumstances surrounding
this was too ambiguous for the courts, which is
why he was still sentenced to 20 years at the end, as
in he was cleared of the farmer’s murder, a legitimate
case of self defense, but not the initial murder. So all of that was what led to the events
at the start of the video. As for what happened to him 28 years later, after being released from
Fuchu Prison, by the way, this was the same prison
that was referenced in a 300 million yen robbery that I covered in the Japanese bank heist
video, a famous heist that took place seven years after
Shiratori was released from prison. I already touched on
this a little with him meeting his daughter,
which was a nice note to end the video on, but
according to some sources, it appears, unfortunately,
that his relationship with her was somewhat strained, which
isn’t all that surprising, considering the stigma in Japan
of having a relative in prison and her never actually meeting him before. So, after his release, yes,
he was happy to see her, but he later ended up
bouncing around Japan doing odd jobs in various
cities, mainly construction work. And, actually, why don’t I play you the alternative ending that
wasn’t shown on YouTube, but only on the Nebula streaming platform. – [Second Video Narration]
Just 14 years later, in 1961, he was released on parole
and for the first time in a long time, he was truly a free man. He decided to head back to Aomori, where it all began, and
meet up with his daughter, who, by this point, unfortunately, was the only family member he had left. For his incredible
escapes, Yoshie Shiratori became a legend, an antihero
in Japanese popular culture, read about in books
and depicted in movies. And even though Shiratori
passed away in 1979, at the age of 71, his legacy
lives on, perhaps the most, in the one place he wanted
to leave more than any other: Abashiri Prison, or at
least what has now become the Abashiri Prison
Museum, where Shiratori has been immortalized
as a mannequin display simulating his renowned miso soup escape. (inspirational music) (music fades out) – So I was able to end the video this way, letting the story breathe,
because new Kento Bento videos all go up on Nebula completely ad-free. And this actually ties into the
second to last question here one that I see all the
time in the comments: was this whole video just an ad? And that’s seemingly a
reaction to how I do segways. And of course the answer is no. The sponsor has no say
in the topic or script. I just work really hard to,
well, first, find a sponsor that I trust, one with a
genuinely good product or service and then, somehow, relate it
to the story of the video. I think most of you by now
get the whole tongue-in-cheek smooth segue thing, but for those
who seem to take it all a bit too seriously, I’d highly recommend
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Polymatter, Real Life Lore, CGPGrey, Kurzgesagt,
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for the first 30 days. And, I don’t know how many
of you are still watching, but there’s one more
question to get to, and that’s what’s the next Kento
Bento video going to be about? (soft piano) Now, I don’t
like getting ahead of myself and revealing the title,
as plans can always change, but I will say, it’s
somewhat Halloween inspired, even though I’ll be posting
this after Halloween. And of course, it’s a true
story, as all my videos are, which makes this one all
the more fascinating, but but also shocking. This story will be set in the Hong Kong/Macau
area and is actually something that has affected me personally since I was a child, but
that’s all I’ll say for now. I don’t know if I’ll
do another one of these follow-up videos, this one just seemed
to have a lot of questions, but please, do tell me if you like this and want more follow-up
content to future videos. I will say, it is nice to be able to express myself in a more
relaxed setting for once and not have to worry
about meanderings and going off topic. And, on that note, I thought I’d end this video on something completely random and unrelated. Last weekend, I was able
to witness, in person, one of the greatest feats
in human history, as Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to break the 2-hour
marathon barrier in Vienna, with a time of 1 hour, 59
minutes, and 40 seconds. And here’s me filming
the finish, and it was crazy, and super cool, and
just like Yoshie Shiratori, as a true example of what
humans are capable of. Thank you for watching,
please support me on Patreon, check out CuriosityStream and Nebula, and I’ll see you again in
the next, Asian-y video. (inspirational flute music) (music fades out)

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  • Reply 3D Waffles November 10, 2019 at 11:32 pm

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  • Reply Anderson Niala November 11, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Sino nandito dahil kay kaalaman? Haha

  • Reply jei Vids November 11, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Tang ina mo gago kang kupal ka .. mamamatay karen

  • Reply Jax Zander November 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Uses salt from soup to escape
    Digs his way out using soup bowl
    Regular people use force, Shiatori uses SOUP

  • Reply Angela Robinson November 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I feel like this channel is useful for prisoners

  • Reply Zenex Clix Official November 14, 2019 at 2:47 pm


  • Reply CerealBoy November 14, 2019 at 4:29 pm


  • Reply Saffire Animation November 14, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    where is Japanese bank heist video that the person robbed using a fake bomb hoax ? Did you take it down?

  • Reply Audrey Chua November 15, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Kento Bento, your videos are so well illustrated and the story is very well planned. Not only am I entertained, but I'm also educated at the same time. I love your creations!!! Keep doing what you're doing, I'm a big fan.

  • Reply Dontae Cruz November 15, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Ad haters: this video is just a fucking ad

    Ad: well here’s another ad

  • Reply Louie Castro November 15, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Im filipino and i deeply apologize for the stupidity of my countryman kaalaman …
    Just mass report his channel …

  • Reply Nikita Pashko November 15, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    It's a tire story like all my view are lolollololol

  • Reply Emmanuel Manpatilan November 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Kaalaman is a copy cut

  • Reply Nicholas Livadas November 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    great storytelling

  • Reply Lam Hon Yan November 16, 2019 at 11:48 am

    炎巨劭戈 I AM From hong kong like

  • Reply Mr. Potatoman November 16, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    This is amazingggg

  • Reply Captain Price November 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I watched 3 vids. Subscribed already !

  • Reply -Łøťůś Ňıģhť- November 16, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Dashlane is a Trojan.

  • Reply Kheilas Reti November 17, 2019 at 8:03 am

    I didn't even watch the video but the first 3 letters (excluding like https and in the url are cum so HA

  • Reply Jennifer Gill November 18, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I literally JUST watched the first one.
    I never thought of those questions, and ppl do get multiple yrs added into their life sentences, so I don't even know what that guy asked a dumb question like that. U hear about it all the time. And it is annoying how u go from the story, STRAIGHT into an ad. But I just pause it at that time & end the video there. But love the stories, tho.

  • Reply Ali Bukhari November 18, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Kento Bento do a 3rd part

  • Reply Keira Kaiyi Jiang November 18, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    So thats why you should not stay near someone thats about to comite a crime, or else they would blame it on you or someone else closer to them so it would make more sense

  • Reply uwn_ blade November 18, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    guards: no one has ever escaped from this prison

    shiratori: hold my handcuffs

  • Reply Tintswalo Shilowa November 19, 2019 at 3:11 am

    I want to assume that when you dig you get dirty, how did they not notice dirt on him?

    Side note; I LOVE your videos ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Gerardo Diaz November 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Do more of these types of videos I am really inspired by how much detail u put in this and how amazing u made this video!!!

  • Reply Emo_ Marionette November 19, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Cool story man

  • Reply Oldboy Coco November 19, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I swear to god he was Lester from gta in that bank heist

  • Reply Alf Dagerås November 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    The maddest of the lads

  • Reply Deborah Hughes November 20, 2019 at 2:05 am


  • Reply Flurry Mainchín November 20, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Give us more add free content! You should just be a slave for our amusement, none of this business bullshit… Youtube is for "passionate filmmakers" to entertain me for no compensation! What a sell out… disgusting…

  • Reply #Theodore November 20, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Guys for real tho. the mystery with the hand cuffs can be explained simply… As it is said, the place he was held in was very very cold and eveyone knows when materials get iced they are so much easier to snap.

  • Reply Tweek Tucker November 20, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Huh I noticed how the haters said "segway" and the supporters said segue. Interesting.

  • Reply Daddy 8819 November 20, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    In the Count of Monte Christo he emptied his dirt into his shit bucket.

  • Reply mPotatoLord boi November 21, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Where did he get the floorboards that he put under his bed?

  • Reply Camp Pillow November 22, 2019 at 3:11 am

    けんとう べんとう さんは すごいです。

  • Reply Satanas November 22, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Yeaaaah my boi kento putting that ad sponsor to annoy you fucks fuck you sponsor haters,youtube ads and raid sponsors are aids and cancer tho

  • Reply EvoSkylution17 November 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Dear @KentoBento , would you do a video about one man name Aman Shah from Malaysia, in 1990 a banker who become millionaire by stealing exactly 1cent from every account from Hock Hua Bank… this will be a great content for your channel as you want to do video about asian country. Thanks

  • Reply KWN WONG November 22, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Very nice video because it's real🔥

  • Reply Alexandru Șepețan November 22, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the segueys are funny as hell since the story is so fascinating and then the ad hits like a joke's punch-line?

  • Reply הילי לוטן November 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Im a simple man, i see one punch man i push like

  • Reply Weird Love November 22, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    I feel bad 😪

  • Reply Jack Klitsch November 22, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I am your 877k sub

  • Reply TheChemicalProgram November 23, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Prison Guard: There's no way you can break those handcuffs (in Japanese)
    Yoshie Shiratori: Then watch me (in Japanese)
    actually break the handcuffs
    Everyone watching him: HOLY MOTHERFUC- (in Japanese)

  • Reply No One November 23, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    But wait.. What happened to his wife?

  • Reply Charles Bingle November 24, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Wow the kids with bad comments on the dash lane sucked

  • Reply Snowy Gamer November 24, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Get better soon

  • Reply Alter Ego November 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Fake story, but nice.

  • Reply TypiicalPotato November 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Oml I watched the first one, and now i’m addicted to your channel 😂

  • Reply Adrian Tsang November 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I did not know u know wendover/ half as interesting!!!
    I watch them so much

  • Reply meg bob November 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Prison park core

  • Reply TurkishGhoul27 November 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    wasn't his first reason of prison being accused of murder which wasn't true

  • Reply Food dude November 24, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Kento Bento I love your vids

  • Reply Food dude November 24, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I wish I could have been at the marathon. You are so lucky.

  • Reply We the Beast squad November 25, 2019 at 12:26 am


  • Reply Waffle Nation November 25, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Where r u

  • Reply OutlawSoup November 25, 2019 at 3:21 am

    I'm kento bento

  • Reply Neutron Neko November 25, 2019 at 4:25 am

    I like how one of the dislike comments at 7:58 had a smiley face like they are the smart one here

  • Reply Quarantine November 25, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I have a question,
    For the second escape, if the window was on the ceiling, how come rain didn’t come through the window?

  • Reply L-Mia BTS,ARMY November 25, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    I thought it was quite rude for them to immortalize his body in a PRISON MUSEUM !!???
    Literally he wanted to escape from that prison but even after he died he was put as a MANNEQUIN inside that exact prison !!!

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  • Reply Dane Heang November 27, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I don’t know why, but I miss him.

  • Reply KillerTacos November 27, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Many of my questions were answered here. Great video

  • Reply Ben 12631 November 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    RIP he died

  • Reply Ben 12631 November 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm


  • Reply Ben 12631 November 27, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I have another question how can he breathe in the hole

  • Reply Arun ravi November 27, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    The life sentence in india means 14 years 20 years or till the time of death

  • Reply Isaac Hoke November 27, 2019 at 9:40 pm


  • Reply SantaMuerte livE November 27, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Handcuffs with links are very easy to break. That's why most places don't use them anymore

  • Reply USMELLWEIRD lel November 28, 2019 at 5:17 am

    who's his wife and daughter?

  • Reply Mumen Rider November 28, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Thanks KB for this awesome follow-up video!

  • Reply Paul von Hindenburg November 28, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Great another streaming platform that gets specialized content that we'll never get.

  • Reply Herr Hitler November 28, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    My parents told me that I almost got lost in hong kong so many times as a 3 y/o…

  • Reply Tango H2O 3,000 T PRO November 29, 2019 at 4:12 am

    K for ker and b for by =kerby my real name

  • Reply Dodothebird Yep November 29, 2019 at 5:10 am

    I can’t stop watching!!!!!

  • Reply 2011iloveart November 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I really appreciate the follow up video!

  • Reply T1m0thy Br0h November 29, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Emagine saying to her Asian mom
    ”Im going to prison”
    Mom:Honey grab me a whip!!!

  • Reply William Harnetty November 29, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    How did they murder
    And if they did it with a weapon why didn’t they check the finger prints?

  • Reply Princess Marlena November 30, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I knew of a guy who escape from a prison in a country that didn’t have an extradition treaty with the U.S. He was a skilled sewer and had some tailoring training. He managed to actually copy a guard uniform, even copied the patches, and had forged a badge in the workshop. He made a super convincing guard uniform, and he looked a lot like one of the prison guards there. He was able to just walk out of the prison that way.

  • Reply Meat Jay November 30, 2019 at 7:36 am

    OH NO I forgot to subcribe 😉 oh and like :0

  • Reply Ryuukai Dishwasher November 30, 2019 at 9:10 am

    That plug again XD. I love it.

  • Reply Harsh Gharlute November 30, 2019 at 10:13 am

    It all makes sense now

  • Reply Me Squid November 30, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I’m sorry for a question,how did yoshie shiratori get up from the hole on the fourth prison????

  • Reply Isaac Yun November 30, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Hey mate. Why do you keep removing my comment? It wasn't inappropriate any any way.

  • Reply Saurabh Jadhav November 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Shiratori is mentioned in anime "Golden Kamuy"

  • Reply Josephine Andersen November 30, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    But how could he trow the soup at the handcups and the window thing If his arms was on his back the whole time

  • Reply Casper Staavi November 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    My dad can break us handcuffs ITS easy

  • Reply Zaylen Touchstone November 30, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    So they never found out he didnt commit the murder

  • Reply julie ciardullo December 1, 2019 at 12:16 am

    but i have one more question where did all that dirt go though like bruh

  • Reply Embr_wolf December 1, 2019 at 1:34 am

    kento: relates an ad to the story
    ad haters: WTF IS THIS SHIT
    no this is not the "am I a joke to you" you expected

  • Reply Dumb Idiot December 1, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Bento Kento

  • Reply sumpo gimpo077 December 1, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Him: let me show you the alternative ending
    Me: see’s an Andrew yang ad
    Me: you clever motherfucker

  • Reply Zach G December 1, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Kentobentz i luv u i wan more folowup bideo kthnx

  • Reply Dusty Colorado December 1, 2019 at 11:48 am

    hands down he probably used K I N G C R I M S O N to go through the door

  • Reply April B December 1, 2019 at 11:49 am

    love this thank you

  • Reply Kris Tucker December 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Sorry about the gross maggot shot… then proceeds to show dead bodies after a bombing…. DUDE!

  • Reply Romano Liebenberg December 1, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Kenny Benny. Can you make a video of how China is trying to take over Africa.

  • Reply Javed Khan December 1, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Next vid. Bro..??

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