Tokyo War Crimes Trial The Pursuit of Justice in the Wake of World War II

ISBN-10: 0674033396
ISBN-13: 9780674033399
Edition: 2008
Authors: Yuma Totani
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Description: This book assesses the historical significance of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE)-commonly called the Tokyo trial-established as the eastern counterpart of the Nuremberg trial in the immediate aftermath of World War  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This book assesses the historical significance of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE)-commonly called the Tokyo trial-established as the eastern counterpart of the Nuremberg trial in the immediate aftermath of World War II.Through extensive research in Japanese, American, Australian, and Indian archives, Yuma Totani taps into a large body of previously underexamined sources to explore some of the central misunderstandings and historiographical distortions that have persisted to the present day. Foregrounding these voluminous records, Totani disputes the notion that the trial was an exercise in ldquo;victorsrsquo; justicerdquo; in which the legal process was egregiously compromised for political and ideological reasons; rather, the author details the achievements of the Allied prosecution teams in documenting war crimes and establishing the responsibility of the accused parties to show how the IMTFE represented a sound application of the legal principles established at Nuremberg.This study deepens our knowledge of the historical intricacies surrounding the Tokyo trial and advances our understanding of the Japanese conduct of war and occupation during World War II, the range of postwar debates on war guilt, and the relevance of the IMTFE to the continuing development of international humanitarian law.

Yuma Totani is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

List of Figures
Note to the Reader
Introduction: Why the Tokyo Trial Now?
Lessons from Nuremberg
The Trial of Emperor Hirohito?
Tojo and Other Suspects
Narrative of the War
Leadership Responsibility for War Crimes
Nanking and the Death Railway
Documenting Japanese Atrocities
The First Trial Analysts
Pal's Dissent and Its Repercussions
Conclusion: Beyond Victors' Justice
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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