In Class With Floyd — Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal

Tonight in my International Law class we’ll discuss briefly the post WW2 International Military Tribunal for the Far East — the Pacific Theater’s version of the Nuremburg trials.

Aitape, New Guinea. 24 October 1943. A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing NX143314 Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G. Siffleet of “M” Special Unit, wearing a blindfold and with his arms tied, about to be beheaded with a sword by Yasuno Chikao. The execution was ordered by Vice Admiral Kamada, the commander of the Japanese Naval Forces at Aitape. Sgt Siffleet was captured with Private (Pte) Pattiwahl and Pte Reharin, Ambonese members of the Netherlands East Indies Forces, whilst engaged in reconnaissance behind the Japanese lines. Yasuno Chikao died before the end of the war.

photo source from The Australian War Memorial’s website.

If you’re interested — there is a collection of the IMTFE documents here.

21 comments to In Class With Floyd — Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal

  • Kit

    On average, how surprised are your students when they learn about the Japanese War Crimes?

    • These are graduate students so they were up to speed on the crimes but most people don’t know much about the Far East tribunals.

      • Texacalirose

        Myself included. I read some of your attachment regarding. Thanks for bringing this to my mind as I listen to Senator Diane Feinstein who has decided (or who’s been “invited” by the preezy to flash the shiny object) to move to close Gitmo and bring the bad guys ashore. Look! Over here! Don’t look at Benghazi!! Look at the Gitmo guys! Don’t think of the millions spent on Gitmo or the millions to re-house the bad guys.


  • Tink in Cali

    And how much time do you allow for discussions? I bet you get some doozies. :)

  • Texacalirose

    Ancillary reading: The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War IIIris Chang (who committed suicide).

    On theme with Kit’s posting on Asian-Americans’ identity in today’s OT, the enmity between Americans of Chinese and Japanese descent, even second, third generation, exists and is strong, to wit:

    I worked with a Chinese-American fellow police officer who refused to associate with another officer who was Japanese-American. He told me that he would never forgive the Japanese for the rape of Nanking. Both were good men, great cops. I don’t recall, if I ever knew, whether either was a member of the Asian Police Officers’ Association.

    God bless America.

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