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Parent Completion of the Case Against OKAWA, Shumei August 28, 1946
Date 28 August 1946
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 3
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from August 1946
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
Memorandum to Mr. Frank S. TavennerPage 3. School for General Tojo from 1938 until the close of the war. Attention is directed to a letter written to General Tojo by the defendant OKAWA in 1940. This letter was found among Tojo’s papers at his home on the date he attempted to commit suicide. This letter, while of a circumstantial character, is plainly indicative of a cordial relationship between the two and in my opinion should be introduced for what it is worth for connecting these two defendants. Attention is also directed to case file 182 on OKAWA, Shumaei, for the brief contained therein drawn by the undersigned. I have repeatedly recommended that the personal papers and diaries of General Ugaki be seized from his safe in his home at Nagaoka. This might be very productive. I still feel that document #82 should be introduced in evidence as a complete connected account from the official files of Japanese government of the major overt acts in the conspiracy. Then I am reliably informed that the Harada diaries contain invaluable evidence. These diaries are in the nature of reports to Prince Saionji who picked all the prime ministers before Tojo. I feel that the greatest weakness in the case as a whole is the lack of connection shown between the defendants in regard to the conspiracy. This defect must be overcome to sustain the charge of conspiracy. Otherwise, the case will have to be won on the conspiracy with Germany, the Pearl Harbor attack, and inhuman treatments of prisoners of war. For this case to “peter out” in such a manner would be little short of disgraceful as atrocities in regard to prisoners of war could very easily have been handled by Colonel Carpenter’s section; the rest could have been lumped into the Pearl Harbor trial which would have been very much simpler and very much shorter from the standpoint of investigation and preparation as well as trial. Respectfully submitted, [signed] Hugh B. Helm Hugh B. Helm, Associate Counsel