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Oibara was the Rokugani term for a hasty seppuku, which was made with only two cuts, instead the three of the ritualized seppuku. To perform the third cut it was necessary permission, and on the battlefield, when permission could not be granted, a samurai could still perform seppuku to avoid capture, but could only perform the first two cuts. 
The lack of a third cut prolonged the suffering of the dying considerably, so it was considered an adequate demonstration of remorse to die in this way. Thus it was often performed as an apology for failure. 
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