Marquis Kōichi Kido
|Date of Birth:||07/18/1889|
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal (1940 - 1945)
Minister of Education (1937)
Home Minister (1939)
Marquis Kido served as Emperor Hirohito's closest advisor during Japanese Aggression into China and the waging of World War II. During the war, he kept a private diary that was subsequently used as one of the definitive sources for the prosecution against Japanese defendants. Our collection shows the significant analysis and correspondence surrounding the use of Kido's diary as evidence. During the trial, he was represented by American Associate Counsel William Logan, Jr. His Japanese Chief Counsel was Shigetaka Hozumi with Takutaro Sakuta and Takahiko Kido serving as his Japanese Associate Counsel. The Tribunal convicted Kido on counts 1, 27, 29, 31, and 32. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but paroled in 1955.
|Trial Transcript August 9, 1946|