Justice in Asia and the Pacific Region, 1945–1952: Allied War Crimes Prosecutions

Totani, Yuma

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.

Title
Justice in Asia and the Pacific Region, 1945–1952: Allied War Crimes Prosecutions
Author
Totani, Yuma
Published
University of Cambridge / Cambridge University Press, February 2015
ISBN
9781107458086
On the web
Citation
Totani, Yuma, Justice in Asia and the Pacific Region, 1945–1952: Allied War Crimes Prosecutions (University of Cambridge / Cambridge University Press, February 2015), http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/history-after-1945-general/justice-asia-and-pacific-region-19451952-allied-war-crimes-prosecutions.