This week, we discuss the course of the Tokyo War Crimes Trials and their legacy in Japan. How did they go from a vision of international optimism to despised by people on both sides of the political spectrum?
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Dower, John. Embracing Defeat.
Maga, Tim. Judgment at Tokyo.
Takeda, Kayoko. Interpreting the Tokyo War Crimes Trials: A Sociopolitical Analysis.
Hirota Koki would go from the cover of Time Magazine to an American-run prison in the space of just over a decade — in his case, for crimes committed as foreign minister, covering up the Nanjing Massacre.
This photo was snapped as American soldiers stormed Tojo’s home to arrest him. The former Prime Minister attempted to shoot himself in the chest, but survived to stand trial.
Okawa giving Tojo whatfor.
The trial was the subject of occasional reportage in the United States; this article sums up Tojo’s defense of himself.
Tojo Hideki calmly receives the news of his sentence. After this photo was taken he removed the headset, bowed, and walked from the room without a word.
Radhabinod Pal, whose 1200+ page dissent attacked the legitimacy of the war crimes trials themselves.