The Tokyo War Crimes Trial, U.Va.

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial

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Trial Preparation / Structure

Briefing, Reassignment of Personnel and Final Preparation for Trial

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Amends and supplements the 12 April 1946 memorandum. Contains instructions on how to prepare briefs, and make the opening statements for each phase to the court. Lists the names of the attorneys and their assigned subject group.
Date: 
1946CE May 8th

Briefing, Reassignment of Personnel and Final Preparation for Trial

Contributors: 
Description: 
Amends and supplements the 12 April 1946 memorandum. Contains instructions on how to prepare briefs, and make the opening statements for each phase to the court. Lists the names of the attorneys and their assigned subject group.
Date: 
1945CE May 7th

Japan War Crimes Trial Drama Seen as Second Rate Show News Article

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Reports on the statements of Commander Bentley M. McMullin (an investigator and case lawyer on the prosecution staff) who stated that the "Allied prosecution of Japan's accused war makers had 'fallen victim to maladministration, neglect and inefficiency which in view of the issues at stake is tragic.'" The article then explores the problems with the tribunal and the way the Japanese citizens responded to the proceedings.

Suggested List of Probable Defendants

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List of possible defendants submitted by the evidence and defendants committee. Contains 34 individuals including: Araki, Doihara, Hashimoto, Hirota, Hoshino, Itagaki, Kido, Matsui, Matsuoka, Nagano, Oikawa, Oshima, Shigemitsu, Shimada, Shiratori, Suzuki, Togo, Tojo, Umezu, Minami, Arita, Nakamura, Hiranuma, Koiso, Muto, Masaki, Hata, Stahmer, Ott, Uemura, Kimura, Sato, and Tsukada.

Defense Seeing Details News Article

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Reports on the decisions reached by the defense counsel to submit motions for bill of particulars for all of the Japanese accused war criminals and to have each defendant have his own defense counsel at the tribunal. The decision for each defendant to have a specific counselor meant that Dr. Somei Uzawa will defend Toshio Shiratori while Iwane Matsui will have Kiyoshi Ito as his defense counsel.

Tokyo Tribunal Sets June 3 as Tojo Trial Date

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Reports on the arraignment of Tojo and 26 other war criminals in front of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and that all accused entered pleas of innocent. The defense had entered motions to dismiss challenging the court's jurisdiction as well as their contention that "under the terms of the Potsdam declaration, war crimes can be charged against persons who violated international law after the outbreak of hostilities, and that the court therefore cannot try high government officials for acts committed prior to the war."

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