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Japan - Political Situation / Government Structure

Doc. No. 1615 - Analysis of Documentary Evidence

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Analysis of The Southern Co-Prosperity Sphere. Crimes to which document applicable: Preparation of Japanese opinion for war. Summary of relevant points: Book, by HAYASAKA, Yoshio, gives an economic, political, and geographic description of French Indo China, Thailand, Malaya, Dutch East Indies, and the Philippine Islands. Explains why Japan had to form a bloc of these areas to protect her new order in Asia, and that should America attempt to curb Japan's southward expansion, war would be inevitable.
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1946CE May 14th

Doc. No. 1272 - Analysis of Documentary Evidence

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Analysis of Photostat: Report of the German Ambassador in Hankow, TRAUTMANN, to Foreign Minister in Berlin. The analyzed document is divided into three parts: 1. Japan and National Socialism. 2. State authority in Japan. 3. Hatred against aliens and the German-Japanese relations.
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1946CE Apr 11th

Affidavit of Ai-Sin-Cho-Lo PU YI

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Document No. 2456. Affidavit of Ai-Sin-Cho-Lo PU YI (former Emperor of Manchukuo) taken at Habarvosk "made before the Soviet Union Military Interrogating Officer, Colonel Kudriavtsev." Translation of full affidavit. Topics include: biography of Pu Yi; Japanese occupation of Manchuria; actions of the Kwantung Army; governance of Manchukuo; the Privy Council.
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1946CE Jun 12th

Tanaka Reveals He Tried to Oust Tojo During War News Article

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Reports on the testimony given by Ryukichi Tanaka, ex-Major General and Chief of the Military Service Bureau of the War Ministry, regarding his conflicting opinions with Prime Minister Hideki Tojo. Tanaka also states that he had asked Shigenori Togo to lead a political movement to oust Tojo. This article covers the third day of Tanaka's testimony on the witness stand. He went into detail on the reasons that led to his resignation, including his belief in "Japan's inadequate war preparedness, friction between the Army and Navy and fear of subordinate officers to report to their superiors of the actual preparation conditions." The article discusses the mental and physical state of Tanaka stating that "previous speculation that the defense in its cross-examination would attempt to prove that the prosecution's star witness was mentally unbalanced failed to materialize yesterday morning."

Doc. No. 1308 - Analysis of Documentary Evidence

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Analysis of Minutes of Joint Conference of Army, Navy and Foreign Office Authorities for Intensifying the Coalition of Japan, Germany and Italy. Persons implicated: Lt. Col. TAKAYAMA (War Ministry); Comdr. SHIBA (Navy); Capt. ONO (Naval General Staff); ANTO (Section Chief, Foreign Ministry; ISHIZAWA (Same); TOKUNAGA, (Secretary); KURUSU, Saburo. Crimes to which document applicable: "Conspiracy for aggressive war, expansion."
Date: 
1946CE Apr 12th

Report of Evidence relating to Baron Kiichiro Hiranuma

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Gives a detailed biography of Baron HIRANUMA as related to his political and governmental positions. Describes how specific actions occurred during his tenure in certain positions. Concludes: "In my opinion, the history of the subject reflects that he has always been very conservative in his ideas, but nevertheless has drifted along with the tide of Japanese expansion and in so doing contributed materially to the Japanese Expansion Program."
Date: 
1946CE Mar 15th

Extracts from Interrogation of HIROTA, Koki

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Gives questions posed to and answered by HIROTA during his interrogation on 13 February 1946 from 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm at Sugamo Prison. Questions focus on HIROTA's cabinet actions, control of government by the military, the actions of YAMAMOTO and YAMAGATA, debated appointments to the cabinet and contested roles, the Emperor's oversight (or lack thereof), jurisdiction of the cabinet, the resignation of KONOYE and subsequent selection of TOJO as Premier. People mentioned include: KONOYE, HIRANUMA, TOJO, KIDO, YONAI, TERAUCHI, YAMAMOTO, NAGANO, YAMAGATA, KUZUNOSE.
Date: 
1946CE Feb 13th

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