Emperor Hirohito as the Japanese Kaiser and Selection of the IMTFE Defendants

  • Aleksandra Babovic
Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)


The author analyzes the process of selection of Japanese defendants and difficulties the prosecution section has when it comes to the fast-changing Japanese cabinets over the period of 17 years and the lack of evidence. This chapter looks at the nature of selection criteria that the prosecution used and the standard of evidence used to make the case against them. The absence of Emperor Shōwa from the dock and the reasons for the shielding from the trial the only constant source of power and authority in Japan during the war which the prosecution had difficulties finding are studied.


The IMTFE Defendants Prosecution The Emperor War responsibility Strategy Immunity Selection criteria Suspects 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandra Babovic
    • 1
  1. 1.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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