The Tokyo War Crimes Trial, U.Va.

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial

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Background Information

Necessity of Calling Kosaka as a Witness

Description: 
Letter from a number of Japanese informing Keenan that Mr. Tokusaburo Kosaka, an editor of "The Asahi," needs to be summoned as a witness regarding Prince Konoe's notes. Also suggests Prince Konoe's secretary, Mr. Ushiba, and Mr. Kishi of "The Asahi" perjured themselves regarding testimony on Prince Konoe's notes. Handwritten translation by M. Furukawa.

Request for Stern Judgment

Description: 
Letter to Keenan requesting "a stern judgment" "from Tojo down." States that Kiyose is "one of the old politicians, a supporter of aggressive warfare." Also includes a newspaper clipping of an article "M'Arthur Puts 3 Items Before May 29 Council: Government Property, Rural Land Reform, Labor, Put on Agenda by SCAP" from the Stars & Stripes, May 25, 1946, and the original Japanese letter.
Date: 
1946CE May 15th

Request to Punish Class A Criminals

Description: 
Letter to Keenan that expresses Oki Mohachi's beliefs that the Class A defendants are to be blamed and punished for the situation Japanese citizens now find themselves in. Recounts the harm and damage down to Japanese citizens, giving examples of actions taken by specific individuals. Describes, in graphic terms, how he would like the criminals to be punished. First two pages are the original Japanese letter written on very thin paper in blue ink.
Date: 
1946CE Jun 17th

Declaration of the Just Morality of Japan

Description: 
"An Admonition to Prosecutor Keenan: A Statement outside the courtroom by one lawyer who declares the just morality of Japan," "From one criminal lawyer who upholds the just morality of Japan outside the courtroom." Handwritten translation by Mayuma Furukawa. In the document, the writer, SASAKI Katsuya, consistently attacks the American forces for their methods of warfare (specifically referencing the atomic bomb.)
Date: 
1946CE May 23rd

Memorandum on Tsuru, Shigeto

Description: 
Notation next to subject line states: "Not much an informant from what Kido has said." Dr. Tsuru was married to the niece of Marquis Kido. In the attached memo, he attempts to give a sense of who the Japanese people hold "responsible for planning and starting the wars of aggression of 1931 - 1941." Makes comparisons with the Nazi's in Germany.
Date: 
1946CE Feb 2nd

Request for Thorough Investigation into the Truth

Description: 
Letter from Tanimizu Yutaka that acknowledges the brutal actions taken by Japanese soldiers during the war but also points out the viscous measures taken by the United States in response. Writer asks Keenan to take a hard look at what the truth is before proceeding with punishments.
Date: 
1946CE May 20th

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