The Tokyo War Crimes Trial, U.Va.

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial

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Shidehara Blames Aggressive Action on Military Clique

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Reports on Baron Kijuro Shidehara's testimony before the tribunal that asserted a "military clique" (young army officers in Manchuria) were responsible for the Manchurian Incident and aggression in the region. He was examined by "new associate prosecutor, Hugh Helm, a member of the Kentucky Bar and the U. S. Supreme Court." He also testified on the actions of the Wakatsuki Cabinet that tried to control the army. The article also includes the statements he gave during the defense's cross-examination related to Jiro Minami. Also discussed during the day session was the proper procedure for affidavits and evidence.
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Counts on Crimes Against Peace

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Describes the various counts covered under Group 1:Crimes Against Peace, including counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 54, and 55. Focuses on how each count pertains to individual defendants as well as how Japan violated international law and conventions of war against the prosecuting countries. Defendants mentioned include: ARAKI, DOIHARA, HASHIMOTO, HATA, HIRANUMA, HIROTA, HOSHINO, ITAGAKI, KAYA, KIDO, KIMURA, KOISO, MATSUI, MATSUOKA, MINAMI, MUTO, NAGANO, OKA, OSHIMA, SATO, SHIGEMITSU, SHIMADA, SUZUKI, TOGO, TOJO, and UMEZU.
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All China Military Aggression 1937-1945

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Follow-up Trial Brief memo regarding subject 3, "All China Military Aggression, 1937-1945." Lists names of witnesses that will testify regarding specific counts lodged against the Japanese defendants. Mentions General Iwane MATSUI's testimony taken at Sugamo Prison regarding Japanese aggression into Nanking. This memo is brief and meant to be seen with the longer one produced the following month.
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1946CE Apr 29th
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Statement of Facts Known Concerning the Responsibility for the War

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Handwritten scrap states "Roy: I read this with [Carl Ft?] whether adds to or takes away anything in the case against Admiral Nagano. Hammock." Detailed statement from Vice Admiral Shigeru Fukudome. Goes over "the position and attitude of the Chief of the Naval General Staff Nagano at the Cabinet Council Deciding the commencement of hostilities" and the "circumstances attending the plan for the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour at the outset of the war."
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