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Preliminary Inventory of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East Records
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Description
Exhibits, transcripts and summaries of proceedings, summations of counsel, judgments of the tribunal, and indexes, relating to the trials of Japanese officials accused of World War II war crimes.
Background
The International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) was established by a special proclamation of General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) on January 19, 1946. MacArthur thus implemented the Potsdam Declaration of China, the United States, and the United Kingdom (July 26, 1945), as accepted by the Japanese signatories of the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, 1945, that war criminals would be brought to justice. SCAP had been given the authority to issue all orders implementing the Japanese surrender terms by a declaration of the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, the United States, and the USSR, issued from Moscow on December 27, 1945.
Extent
81 linear feet, 1 envelope (81.1 linear feet)
Restrictions
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Availability
Collection is open for research.