Full Indictment and text of the 55 counts charged against the defendants. Counts 1-36 charged the defendants with crimes against peace. Counts 37-52 charged the defendants with the crimes of murder. Counts 53-55 charged the defendants with conventional war crimes and crimes against humanity. Read before the Tribunal May 3-4, 1946.
Request for subpoena to Central Intelligence Group or its successors for production of documents previously requested of Washington Document Center. Paper No. 959 -- Same as above for accused SATO, Kenryo. Oral request by Mr. Lazarus for subpoena for witness, SAITO, Yoshie in China phase
May 16, 1947
Opening Statement, TOJO, Hideki, Individual Defense
Opening statement of TOJO, Hideki, Prime Minister of Japan, read by Dr. Ichiro Kiyose to the Tribunal on December 26, 1947. Statement summarizes the evidence into seven points.
Address of His Excellency Premier TOJO, Representative of Japan, on the Repossession of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, November 6, 1943, before the assembly of Greater East-Asiatic Conference --
Defense document for TOJO, Hideki, Prime Minister of Japan, presented to the Tribunal as Exhibt No. 3685 during the reading of TOJO's affidavit on December 30, 1947. It is an address given by TOJO at the Greater East Asia Conference on November 6, 1943, revealing Japan's plans to place the Andaman and Nicobar Islands under the rule of the Provisional government of Free India.
Defense Individual Summation, TOJO, Hideki, Section N-24 --
Individual summation on behalf of TOJO, Hideki, Prime Minister of Japan, read to the Tribunal by Blewett and Kiyose April 9-12, 1948. It contends that TOJO was not individually guilty of the charges against him, that "no act performed by him during the entire period of the indictment was criminal," and that no evidence offered by the Prosecution proved him guilty of criminal commission or criminal omission. One of the major points was that Japan was acting in self-defense.
Affidavit of TOJO, Hideki, Individual Defense
Affidavit of TOJO, Hidiki, Prime Minister of Japan, affirmed and assigned Exhibit No. 3655 by the Tribunal. Read by George Francis Blewett from December 26-30, 1947. It includes TOJO's oath at the end of the document to tell the truth, dated December 19, 1947.
Affidavit of KIDO, Koichi --
Affidavit of KIDO, Koichi, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, affirmed and assigned Exhibit No. 3340 by the Tribunal. Read by William Logan on October 14-16, 1947. It includes 326 points, entries from his diary and KIDO's oath at the end of the document to tell the truth, dated September 29, 1947.
First page lists preliminary defense document number with following pages containing a running commentary describing each document for defendant OSHIMA, Hiroshi, Japanese Ambassador to Germany before and during World War II.
Supplementary list of defense document numbers followed by supplementary pages containing a running commentary describing each document for defendant OSHIMA, Hiroshi, Japanese Ambassador to Germany before and during World War II
Lists the pages of the summary on which the defendants were named. This copy lacks some pages, but includes lists for the following: ARAKI, DOHIHARA, HASHIMOTO, HATA, HIRANUMA, HIROTA, HOSHINO, ITAGAKI, KIDO, KOISO, MATSUI, MINAMI, MUTO, OKA, OKAWA, SATO, SHIGEMITSU, SHIMADA, SUZUKI, TOJO, UMEZU
Defense document for General ARAKI, Sadao, presented to the Tribunal on September 16, 1947. It is an excerpt from his book, "Youth and Culture," which gives advice to young men on how to behave and advocates the principle of "Knightly Benevolence." It was submitted to show the ideology of the accused, but was rejected.
Defense document compiled for the Pacific Phase of the trial that was not offered as an exhibit. It is an excerpt from the Japanese document, "Collections of Noteworthy Affairs concerning Military Discipline and Morale" about crimes committed by Japanese soldiers. Certified by Miyama, Yozo on August 14, 1947.
Excerpt from Exhibit No. 2692, Official Transcript of the International Military Tribunal at Nurnberg, Germany, on 30 March 1946, (Pages 6814-6816) --
Defense document for OSHIMA, Hiroshi, Japanese Ambassador to Germany before and during World War II, presented to the Tribunal on December 2, 1947, as Exhibit No. 3524. It is an excerpt of the testimony by Joachim Ribbentrop on March 30, 1946, regarding German-Japanese collaboration from the "Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, 14 December 1945 - 10 October 1946." Mr. Ribbentrop testified that OSHIMA, Japanese Ambassador in Berlin, was surprised by the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Synopsis of Pressure upon Japan by America, England, China and Holland Since July '40 until the outbreak of the War --
Defense document for TOJO, Hideki, Prime Minister of Japan, presented to the Tribunal as Exhibit No. 3660 during the reading of TOJO's affidavit on December 29, 1947. It is a brief compiled by the Japanese Foreign Ministry & the Information Section of the Army & Navy Departments of the Imperial General Headquarters. Certified by Miyama, Yozo on December 9, 1947.
Certificate concerning non-availability of "Principles of Executing the National Policies of the Empire"
Defense document for TOJO, Hideki, Prime Minister of Japan, presented to the Tribunal as Exhibit No. 3661 during the reading of TOJO's affidavit on December 29, 1947. The certificate attests that the document "Principles of Executing the National Policies of the Empire" containing the decisions of the council in the Imperial presence, held on November 5, 1941, is not at present in the custody of the First Demobilization Bureau. Certified by Miyama, Yozo on December 15, 1947.
Admiral Shimada Reports on War Conditions to the Throne Honoured With Gracious Imperial Message Approving His Merits Vice Admiral TAKAHASHI and others Also Proceeded to the Imperial Palace. --
Prosecution document received in evidence by the Tribunal as Exhibit No. 3560 during the defense case for SHIMADA, Shigetaro, on December 4, 1947, and was read on December 5, 1947. It is an article dated September 16, 1941, from the evening edition of the "Tokyo Asahi Shinbun." It stated that SHIMADA, former Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese area fleet, had triumphantly returned to Tokyo and reported to His Majesty concerning the Chinese coastal blockade operations, the Navy "eagles" bombing of Chungking and the hinterlands of China, the occupation of French Indo-China, the morale of the officers and men in the front, and other matters. Certified by Sakamoto, Izumi on November 17, 1947.
Opening statement for Division IV of the defense case, read by Aristides Lazarus to the Tribunal on May 16, 1947, concerning Japanese relations with the Soviet Union. It was presented in four sub-divisions: the Anti-Comintern Pact, the Changkufeng Incident of 1938, the Nomonhan Incident of 1939, and general Russian-Japanese relations from 1928-1945, including the Russo-Japanese Neutrality Pact of 1941 and Japanese military measures on the Asian mainland.