Supreme War Council, 1937 Commander, China Expeditionary Army, 1938, 1941-44 Minister of War, 1939-40 Field Marshal
Field Marshall Hata served as one the top military commanders during the Japanese Aggression into China. His actions, as well as the atrocities committed by those serving under his command, meant that he was found guilty of counts of 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, and 55 by the Tribunal judges. During the trial, Aristides G. Lazarus and James N. Freeman served as his American Associate Counsel. His Japanese Chief Counsel was Masayoshi Kanzaki with Tomoharu Kokubu and Taitaro Iwanari serving as his Japanese Associate Counsel. Although sentenced to life imprisonment, he was paroled in 1954.