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The chart below lists the twenty-eight defendants in the Tokyo Trial, the counts from the indictment they were charged with and whether they were found guilty, and their sentences.

G – Guilty         NG – Not Guilty           X-- Not Charged         O – Other

Two defendants died during the trial, Yosuke Matsuoka in 1946, and Admiral Osami Nagano in 1947. Shumei Okawa was declared mentally ill and the case against him was dropped. He was sent to a mental hospital and was released in 1948.

Counts of the Indictment

Count 1 – As leaders, organizers, instigators, or accomplices in the formulation or execution of a common plan or conspiracy to wage declared or undeclared war or wars of aggression, and war or wars in violation of international law

Count 27 – Waging unprovoked war against China

Count 29 – Waging aggressive war against the United States

Count 31 – Waging aggressive war against the British Commonwealth (Crown colonies and protectorates of the United Kingdom in the Far East and South Asia, Australia and New Zealand)

Count 32 – Waging aggressive war against the Netherlands (Dutch East Indies)

Count 33 – Waging aggressive war against France (Indochina)

Count 35 & 36 – Waging aggressive war against the USSR

Count 54 – Ordered, authorized, and permitted inhumane treatment of prisoners of war and others

Count 55 – Deliberately and recklessly disregarded their duty to take adequate steps to prevent atrocities


Based on information from “Basic Facts on the Nanking Massacre and the Tokyo War Crimes Trial” by the New Jersey Hong Kong Network (1990).