I. CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL. Article 1. In pursuance of the Agreement signed on the 8th day of August by the. The lesser-known International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) was . The Charter provided for MacArthur to appoint judges to the IMTFE from the. In our opinion the laws of the Charter is decisive and binding on the Tribunal. This is a special tribunal set up by the Supreme Commander under authority.

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A major exception was that Emperor Hirohito was excluded from being tried for crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. In a number of cases these potential witnesses had been diplomats, senior civil servants, or government ministers before or during the war.

These judgments, by themselves, were not binding upon the domestic practices of states; yet, as all of the great powers and most of the lesser ones of the world at the time did sign the San Francisco Peace Treaty which provided for all parties to accept the judgment of the Tokyo Tribunal in its entiretythere is a valid line of argument that it does indeed impose obligations upon each of those states subject to any differences that may exist within their respective constitutions.

Plans to prosecute German political and military leaders were announced in the St. The same legal issues pertaining to Article 6 c of the Nuremberg Charter also apply to Article 5 c of the Tokyo Charter. The defense was also handicapped by express provisions in the charter that obliged the accused to make written applications in advance before seeking to produce any witness or document in evidence.

The Tribunal shall neither require proof, of facts of common knowledge, nor of the authenticity of official j government documents and reports of any nation nor of the proceedings, records, and findings of military or other agencies of any of the United Nations. The Case of General Yamashita: The permanent seat of the Tribunal is in Tokyo. An accused shall have the right, through himself or through his counsel but not through bothto conduct his defence, including the right to examine any witness, subject to such reasonable restrictions as the Tribunal may determine.

The Comprehensive Index and Guide, 5 vols. Proceedings of the tribunal would be conducted in English and in Japanese.

The Nuremberg Trial and the Tokyo War Crimes Trials (1945–1948)

The Tribunal will deliver judgment and pronounce sentence. The countries taking part in the prosecution and judgment were: Johnson, Galen Irvin Home International Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Tokyo Trial. Namely, violations of the laws or customs of war. The Japanese public, Western opinion, and a majority of the court, however, were of a different mind. The defendants selected for the first trials were not regarded as the only major war criminals but as clearly representative members of the groups held responsible for the outbreak imtfw World War II.

A Japanese scholar also was indicted, but charges against itmfe were dropped during the trial because he was declared unfit due to mental illness. Several of those who were imprisoned were released earlier on parole due to ill-health.

A large number of persons were held in custody with the intention of bringing them to justice as Class A war criminals.

Tokyo Charter – Wikipedia

To its destruction the Defense have brought as tools a microscope and a toothpick. The working relationships between individual American attorneys and their Japanese counterparts were not always easy.


For several decades, these tribunals stood as the only examples of international war crimes tribunals, but they ultimately served as models for a new series of international criminal tribunals that were established beginning in the s. The decision to release these men was taken as a purely political act and had nothing much to do with the merits of their individual cases.

Two weeks before, the indictment had been recast following the arrival of the Soviet prosecution team in Tokyo. But the ways these crimes were dealt with inevitably differed, and there were fifty-five counts on the indictment at Tokyo compared to four at Nuremberg. Some of those difficulties were surmounted with the arrival of American associate counsel omtfe to bolster the defense.

Thereafter such rebutting evidence as may be held by the Tribunal to be admissible shall be called by either the Prosecution or the Defense. These subsequent trials, imhfe, were imtre held by international tribunals but instead by domestic courts or imtef tribunals operated by a single Allied power, such as military commissions.

At Tokyo, the Americans faced far greater difficulties in extracting documentary evidence from the Japanese government, which continued to function and frequently obstructed them, and so the Americans were less successful in controlling the flow of imfe to the other national delegations and to the tribunal.

In discussing the Tokyo trial, matters that have not been explored sufficiently include itfe political context of the Tokyo Trial proceedings, its charter and limited jurisdiction, the evidence presented in court, the disturbance in the power balance between the two opposing sides, the tables of legal authorities on which the respective sides relied, the one-sided exclusion of evidence to the detriment of the defense, the forensic skills or inadequacies of counsel or members of the tribunal, the differing structures of the prosecution and defense cases, the soundness or otherwise of rulings made by the tribunal during the course of the Tokyo Trial, and the closing arguments found in the summations, rebuttal and sur-rebuttal stages of the proceedings.

Confine the trial strictly to an expeditious hearing of the issues raised by the charges. To require of each witness an oath, affirmation, or such declaration as is customary in the country of the witness, and to administer oaths. The Tribunal shall have the power to impose upon an accused, on conviction, death or such other punishment as shall be determined by it to be just.

The Tribunal may require to be informed of the nature of any evidence before it is entered so that it may rule upon the relevance thereof. The Tribunal established by the Agreement referred to m Article 1 hereof for the trial and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis countries shall have the power to try and punish persons who, acting in the interests of the European Axis countries, whether as individuals or as members of organizations, committed any of the following crimes.

The Tribunal may draft and amend rules of procedure consistent with the fundamental provisions of this Charfer.

It shall also state the facts proposed to be proved by the witness of the document and the relevancy of such facts to the defence. The function of any Chief Prosecutor may be discharged by him personally, or by any person or persons authorized by him.


The indictment will be read in court unless the reading is waived by all accused. Seven were condemned to death by hanging. By the close of evidence, the court had met in public sessions and heard from witnesses in court, in addition to reading unsubstantiated affidavits and depositions from some others whose evidence the court accepted for whatever probative value they might have had.

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The Tribunal shall not require proof of chartet of common knowledge but shall take judicial notice thereof. The issue of clemency was thereafter to disturb Japanese relations with the Allied powers until the late s when a majority of the Allied powers agreed to release the last of the convicted major war criminals from captivity.

On a number of occasions the thrust of questions put to witnesses came perilously close to implicating Emperor Hirohito personally, but the trial also provided powerful support for the viewpoint that he was a benign constitutional monarch who wanted a durable peace and prosperity for his people.

In pursuance of the Agreement signed on the 8th day of August by the Government of the United Fharter of America, the Provisional Government of the French Republic, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, there shall be established chzrter International Military Tribunal chxrter called “the Tribunal” for the just and prompt trial and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. A report which appears to the Tribunal to have been signed or issued by the International Red Cross or a member thereof, jmtfe by a doctor of medicine or any medical service personnel, or by an investigator or intelligence officer, or by any other person who appears to the Tribunal to have personal knowledge of the matters contained in the report.

Defense motions to dismiss the charges against the accused were denied, following which the defense presentation of its case began on February 3,and continued until January 12, Namely, the planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a declared or undeclared war of aggression, or a war in violation of international law, treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing; b. If the Tribunal grants the application the Tribunal shall be given such aid in obtaining production of the evidence as the circumstances require.

Japanese Emperor Hirohito and other members of the imperial family were not indicted. At Nuremberg that impact was felt immediately and was continuous throughout the proceedings. At first, not all of the defendants welcomed the Americans who were offered to them, but eventually all came to the conclusion that it was advisable to engage one or other of them.

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