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    [World War II - Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal]. Japanese Flag and oversize photograph each signed by Japanese War Trial prisoners, vintage silk Japanese Flag (17 x 12 in.; 432 x 305 mm) signed by 23 of the 25 Japanese defendants against whom sentences were adjudged. Included with double-weight gelatin silver 13.25 x 9.9 in. (337 x 251 mm) black & white photograph of the Japanese defendants seated in the courtroom, signed by 22 of the 25 defendants. Also includes a Japanese program with embossed Royal Chrysanthemum at top, signed in ink by Emperor Hirohito. Photo trimmed with light creasing with right edge exhibiting adhesive remnants. Tokyo War Crimes Trial. The charter for the International Military Tribunal for the Far East for the trial of major war criminals in that area was issued by U.S. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur on 19 January 1946. The trial, represented by 11 nations and conducted in English and Japanese convened in Tokyo on 29 April 1946. It ended more than two years later with the reading of the judgment on the 4-12 November 1948. The 28 defendants were charged with various crimes against humanity. Two of the defendants died during the trial, and one was declared unfit to stand trial. Of the 25 defendants against whom sentences were adjudged, 7 were sentenced to be executed by hanging, 16 to life imprisonment, and two to lesser terms (7 and 20 years). Death by Hanging: General Hideki T?j?, Commander, Kwantung Army (later Prime Minister); K?ki Hirota, Prime Minister (later Foreign Minister); General Kenji Doihara, Chief of Intelligence Services in Manchukuo; General Seishir? Itagaki, War Minister; Lieutenant General Akira Mut?, Chief of Staff, 14th Area Army; General Heitar? Kimura, Commander, Burma Area Army; General Iwane Matsui, Commander, Shanghai Expeditionary Force and Central China Area Army. Imprisonment: Colonel Kingoro Hashimoto, Major Instigator of the Second Sino-Japanese War; General Kuniaki Koiso, Governor of Korea, later Prime Minister; Field Marshal Shunroku Hata, War Minister; General Jir? Minami, Commander, Kwantung Army; Admiral Takazumi Oka, Naval Minister; General Sadao Araki, War Minister; General Yoshijir? Umezu, War Minister and Chief of the Army General Staff; Baron Kiichir? Hiranuma, Prime Minister; Naoki Hoshino, Chief Cabinet Secretary; Lieutenant General Teiichi Suzuki, President of the Cabinet Planning Board; Marquis K?ichi Kido, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal; Okinori Kaya, Minister of Finance; Admiral Shigetar? Shimada, Naval Minister; Toshio Shiratori, Ambassador to Italy; Lieutenant General Hiroshi Oshima, Ambassador to Germany; Mamoru Shigemitsu, Foreign Minister; Shigenori T?g?, Foreign Minister; and General Kenry? Sat? Chief of Military Affairs Bureau. From the collection of William J. Bell.

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