The Tokyo War Crimes Trial, U.Va.

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial

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War in Manchuria Act of Aggression, Prosecutor Stays News Article

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Reports on assistant prosecutor Walter MacKenzie's attempt to "prove conclusively that Japan did not act in self defense on September 18, 1931, and that China was totally not responsible for the outbreak of the Manchurian Incident" by directly quoting the Lytton Report. Gives details about the day's proceedings at the Tribunal. Topics include: the puppet emperor Pu-Yi, testimony from a former South Manchuria Railway Company employee, the financial state of Manchuokuo (evidence offered by John A. Darsey), objections to the evidence lodged by Capt. Alfred Brooks, construction of the Kirin-Tunghua Railway Extension line, Japanese aviation projects in Manchuria, and notable persons present at the tribunal.

Tojo Laughs in Court When Another Jap Slaps His Head News Article

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Reports on Shumei Okawa's outlandish antics in the courtroom, including the slap on the head he delivered to Hideki Tojo. Indicates that Okawa was removed from the courtroom by American military police after several attempts to Lt. Col. S. Kenworthy to maintain order. Gives updates on the progress of the prosecution's case.
Date: 
1946CE May 3rd

Prosecution Offers Additional Evidence on Manchuria Grab News Article

Description: 
Reports on the prosecution's introduction of a series of documents into evidence that illustrate the aggressive measures undertaken by Japan and the Kwantung Army in Manchuria. Discusses the propaganda measures undertaken and the planning of Japan preemptively address charges related to violating non-aggression treaties (including the establishment of Manchoukuo). The evidence was proffered by assistant prosecutor John A. Darsey, with a brief interruption by defense counsel William Logan. Reports on detailed events of the day at the tribunal.

Charges Japs Slew Million China Captive News Article

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Reports on the opening of the China phase before the IMTFE given by Col. Thomas H. Morrow. William Webb apparently "rebuked" Morrow for phrases in his opening statement that "contained inflammatory statements." Evidence introduced by the prosecution included an affidavit by a Chinese magistrate regarding the Marco Polo incident.

Tojo Trial Told Chinese Fear of Jap 'Lawrence' News Article

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Reports on the testimony of John Goette, former China correspondent for International News Service, who asserted before the Tokyo war crimes trial court that "the minute the Chinese learned Doihara was around Peiping they knew Japan was going to add North China to Manchuria." Apparently, Col. Kenji Doihara was as called "Lawrence of Manchuria" and was most feared by the Chinese. Also reports on the return of Joseph B. Keenan and the introduction of a speech given by Premier Kuniaki Koiso on September 5, 1944.

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