Preliminary Inventory of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East Records

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Title: International Military Tribunal for the Far East records
Date (inclusive): 1946-1948
Collection Number: 49016
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 81 linear feet, 1 manuscript box, 1 envelope (81.5 linear feet)
Abstract: 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.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: International Military Tribunal for the Far East

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Historical Note

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.
IMTFE was constituted of eleven judges, appointed by SCAP, representative in nationality of the Allied signatories of the Instrument of Surrender, and of India and the Philippines. From April 29, 1946, to January 12, 1948, IMTFE heard cases against twenty-eight defendants. From November 4 to 12, 1948, it rendered judgments against twenty-five defendants (two having died during the trial and one having been deemed incompetent to stand trial). Seven defendants were sentenced to death, sixteen to life imprisonment, one to twenty years' imprisonment, and one to seven years' imprisonment.

Scope and Content Note

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.

List of Indexes in the Hoover Archives Reading Room

1. Dull and Umemura. The Tokyo Trials: A Functional Index (1957). 94 p.
2. IMTFE. List of rejected prosecution documents. (n.d.) 17 p. (2 copies)
3. IMTFE. List of rejected defense documents. (n.d.) 44 p.
4. IMTFE. Index of (defense) witnesses, 28 Feb. 1947 - 10 Feb. 1948. (n.d.) 117 p.
5. IMTFE. Index of (prosecution) witnesses, 17 June - 16 Aug. 1946; 28 Aug. - 29 Nov. 1946. (n.d.) 13 p. (2 copies)
6. IMTFE. Index of motions, arguments, decisions, objections in open court. (n.d.) 36 p.
7. Supreme Command for the Allied Powers. International Prosecution Section (IPS). Revised index to documents by defendants (at the Tokyo War Crime Trials). Also,numerical list of IPS documents introduced as court exhibits. (1947) 55 p. and 32 p.
8. Maxon, Yale Candee. Index to documents (by phase and subject). (1947) 20 p.
9. Maxon, Yale Candee. Index to documents not specifically linked to one or more of the defendants. (1947) 17 p.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Japan.
Tokyo Trial, Tokyo, Japan, 1946-1948.
World War, 1939-1945--Japan.
World War, 1939-1945.

 

Analyses of Documentary Evidence. Series 1.

General Physical Description note: Documents 1-4907; 15 volumes
 

Decisions of Conferences. . Series 2. June 1947

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Rejected Defense Documents (not complete set), in numerical order. Series 3.

General Physical Description note: 9 linear feet of pamphlet boxes
 

Exhibit Items (not complete set), in numerical order. Series 4.

General Physical Description note: 30 linear feet of pamphlet boxes
 

General Index of the Record of the Defense Case Series 5.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

General Index of the Record of the Prosecution's Case Series 6.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Judgement and Annex. Series 7.

Physical Description: 7 volumes
 

Judgement of Henri Bernald. Series 8.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Judgement of Justice Pal. Series 9.

Physical Description: 3 volumes
 

Opinion of Justice Jaranilla Series 10.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Opinion of Justice Roling Series 11.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Narrative Summary of the Records Series 12.

Physical Description: 6 volumes
 

Proceedings (by page number, coded Tr). Series 13.

Physical Description: 165 volumes
 

Miscellaneous: Proceedings and pleadings; Docket and chronology of proceedings and pleadings; Proceedings in chambers; and Proceedings in conference room. Series 14.

Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot
 

Summation for the Defense. Series 15.

Physical Description: 3 volumes
 

Verbatim presentations by Defense lawyers in the case of each defendant. Series 16.

Physical Description: 19 volumes
 

Summation of the Prosecution. Series 17.

Physical Description: 6 volumes
 

Reply of Prosecution to Defense. Series 18.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

POW Summation. Series 19.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Separate Opinion of President Sir William F. Webb. Series 20.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

The Verdict pronounced by the IMTFE on the 25 Japanese War crimes suspects on November 12, 1948 (Excerpt). Series 21.

Physical Description: 1 volume (pamphlet)
 

Index of Exhibits. Series 22.

Physical Description: 3 volumes
Box 1

Proceedings and pleadings-unnumbered

 

Verdict pronounced by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East on the 25 Japanese war crimes susptcts on Nov 12, 1948 (Excerpt)

 

Psychiatric examination of Okawa, Shumei.

 

The Tokyo Trials: A functional Index to the proceedings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East

 

Summary of the final judgement. Military Tribunal for the Far East

 

Defense summation on personal responsbility. International Military Tribunal for the Far East

 

Miscellaneous materials