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Defendants - Charges Against

Matsuoka Dies in Hospital of Tuberculosis News Article

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Reports on the death of Yosuke Matsuoka, former Japanese foreign minister, from tuberculosis and complications. "Sir William Webb announced that Matsuoka's name would be stricken from the indictment and all charges removed." Gives biographical information regarding Matsuoka as well as a description of his death bed.

Manchurian War Blamed on Army News Article

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Reports on the testimony given by Ken Inukai (son of the late premier Tsuyoshi Inukai) and Baron Reijiro Wataksuki, both of whom testified that "extremist elements in the Japanese army planned and carried out the conquest of Manchuria in complete defiance of the wishes of Emperor Hirohito and the civilian governments in power at the time." They discussed Araki and Minami as well as the aggressive actions that occurred in China.

450 More Japanese Are Listed for Trial News Article

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Reports on the approval by the United Nations war crimes commission to include 450 more Japanese to be tried as war criminals. Other news items discussed include the meeting of Fusaaki Uzawa, Iichiro Kiyose and 20 lawyers at the office of the Association of Lawyers Defending Class A War Crime Suspects at the Nissan Building. Also includes information on the release of Shigo Tsuda who had been incarcerated at Sugamo prison.

List of Prospective Defendants and Document Numbers Referring to Same News Article

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A list of possible Japanese defendants with the numbers of documents pertaining to the accused individual. The final entry states "In addition to the above list, the following document numbers refer to Okawa, Shumei, a possible defendant."

Tojo Defense Head Prepares for Trial as Jap-U.S. Press Accept Indictments News Article

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Reports on the press and public's responses to the indictments presented by the prosecution before the tribunal on the previous Monday. States that the Japanese press were generally satisfied with the indictment while the American press felt that the list of suspects should be larger and include Hirohito. Quotes various individuals and their responses to the charges. Also reports that Dr. Tadashi Hanai, Japanese defense lawyer for Tojo, "condemned the Yamashita and Homma trials as 'not proper' because of the lack of good interpreters and competent Japanese lawyers." He further expressed his fears that the International Military Tribunal for the Far East would suffer from similar problems.

Study in Emotion News Clipping

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Newspaper photograph from the Signal Corps with the caption: "Study in Emotion. Hearing an Eighth Army tribunal's guilty verdict against their son and husbands, convicted as war criminals, these women are not entirely successful in the Japanese practice of masking true emotions. Spectators in the Yokohama District Court as the commission hands down the sentence are, left to right: The mother-in-law of Tarao Sato, civilian guard at Camp Kawasaki, sentenced to eight years imprisonment on charges of beating and kicking prisoners of war; Sato's wife; and the wife of Keizo Suzuki, former medical aid at the camp, given a 16-year sentence for beating prisoners and failure to provide proper medical attention to the sick."

Ex-Nippon Army Man Sentenced by Court News Article

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Reports that Lt. Col. Tashiro Kamino was sentenced by a Tokyo provost court to a "year's imprisonment and a fine of ¥5,000 for withholding information, making false statements, and destroying evidence about air crashed and war crimes." Gives details about the charges brought against Kamino. Also reports on the charging of two former prison camp guards "with the brutal beatings of 25 known American prisoners of war." Their trial was to be held in Yokohama. Other charges were brought against Hideji Nakamura, Lt. Col. Royichi Tozuka, Tokizo Makita and Hisaki Itai. Article gives specific details about their supposed actions and committed atrocities (that predominantly took place in the Philippines arena).

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