The Tokyo War Crimes Trial, U.Va.

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial

Digital Collection

Trial Preparation / Structure

Soviet Representatives on Tribunal Arrives News Article

Description: 
Reports that A. E. Zaryanov (Soviet representative for the IMTFE) and S. A. Golunsky (Soviet associate prosecutor) have arrived in Tokyo to assume their positions for the war crimes tribunal. Another news wire piece reports that Chen Kung-po, Japanese appointed puppet in China, was sentenced to death in Soochow.

20 Lawyers From U. S. to Defend War Criminals News Article

Description: 
Reports on the selection of 20 attorneys from the United States to help defend Tojo and the other accused Japanese defendants at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. A brief news wire service article at the end reports that Lt. Nobeyaka Yamaguchi had been sentenced to death by hanging at Rabaul "for the massacre of 200 New Britain residents in August, 1945."

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

Description: 
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."

Assignments

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Description: 
Lists the assignments within the War Crimes Office, J. A. G. O. according to office/division. These groupings include: Director's Office, Special Projects Division, Western Division (where 1st Lt. C. W. J. Phelps is listed), Eastern Division, Research and Information Division, Administrative Division, and the Office of the Chief of Counsel. Each individual is listed, along with the rank. Support staff / clerical secretaries (predominantly women) are included as well.
Date: 
1945CE Jun 22nd

IPS, SCAP, Assignment Chart - Preparation of Trial Brief of Facts

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Description: 
Assignment Chart for the Preparation of Trial Brief of Facts. Divides group up into sections that cover specific time periods, starting from July 1930 and ending in December 1941. Other groups focus on Japanese Organizations. Also assigns specific lawyers to different sources of information types.
Date: 
1945CE Dec 28th

All War Crimes Defendants to Have Individual Counsel News Article

Description: 
Reports on the reading of the 55-count indictment against the 28 accused Japanese war criminals. The tribunal ruled that the defense had until Monday to secure and present to the court the individual attorneys assigned to each of the defendants. Also reports on the evaluations Shumei Okawa would undergo to determine his mental state. Questions over the tribunal's jurisdiction were also discussed.

Memorandum on Trial Preparation

Description: 
Detailed memorandum (classified as secret) regarding the proper procedures for procuring evidence for various counts against the defendants. Sections covered include: 1. General, 2. As to the allegation of criminal plan or enterprises, 3. As to the allegation that the defendants launched illegal wars of aggression, 4. As to the allegation that the defendants conducted their illegal wars by means and methods which violated international law, or the laws, rules, and customs of war, or the law of the sea, 5. As to the allegation of atrocities and other crimes before and after the launching of the war of aggression, and during the continuance, in violation of international law or treaties, or the laws of Germany or one or more of its allies, co-belligerents, or satellites, 6. The preparation of findings, 7. Interrogation of defendants and witnesses in overseas theaters.
Date: 
1945CE May 24th

IMTFE Proceedings (April 29 - June 5, 1946)

Description: 
Official record / transcript of the IMTFE court proceedings from the opening day (April 29, 1946) until June 5, 1946. The first fourteen pages contain the background of international agreements, the formal establishment proclamation of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (including the policies and powers of the court), the names of all individuals involved in the proceedings, and the charges against the accused Japanese defendants.
Date: 
1946CE

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