Book written by 2009 Abe Fellow Yuma Totani based on her project “Justice in the Balance: Lessons from the Allied War Crimes Trials in the Asia-Pacific Region.”
This book explores a cross section of war crimes trials that the Allied
powers held against the Japanese in the aftermath of World War II. More
than 2,240 trials against some 5,700 suspected war criminals were
carried out at 51 separate locations across the Asia Pacific region.
This book analyzes fourteen high-profile American, Australian, British,
and Philippine trials, including the two subsequent proceedings at Tokyo
and the Yamashita trial. By delving into a large body of hitherto
underutilized oral and documentary history of the war as contained in
the trial records, Yuma Totani illuminates diverse firsthand accounts of
the war that were offered by former Japanese and Allied combatants,
prisoners of war, and the civilian population. Furthermore, the author
makes a systematic inquiry into select trials to shed light on a highly
complex – and at times contradictory – legal and jurisprudential legacy
of Allied war crimes prosecutions.