Amb. Reischauer was stabbed in the thigh slicing through his femoral artery and leaving the tip of the knife against his thigh bone. The wound was four inches deep and 12 inches long. He ended up with a 20-inch scar from his knee to his waist.
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Despite the pain, discomfort, and fog, the Ambassador the next day wrote this famous, gracious reassurance to the Japanese people:
I was born and grew up in Japan; and now that I have received Japanese blood, I finally feel that I have become half-Japanese.
It saved the Ikeda cabinet and calmed a difficult situation.
George Packard's 2010 book Edwin O. Reischauer and the American Discovery of Japan details the incident starting on page 205.