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Japanese War Crimes in the Pacific: Australia's investigations and prosecutions


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A.9. Atrocities, Publicity Censorship Directions, issued under the Press and Broadcasting Censorship Order, 31 October 1944

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Sir William Webb, c. 1947.

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Letter from General Douglas MacArthur responding to Webb's request for permission to travel through certain areas.

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The basic list of questions asked of witnesses.

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Credentials signed by Dr HV Evatt for Webb, August 1945.

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An official air travel request for Sir William Webb, November 1944.

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Functional chart of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, 15 March 1945

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Farewell letter from United Nations War Crimes Commission legal officer Dr Egon Schwelb to Australian deputy representative Mr Geoffrey Bridgland

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One of the many commission requests to Australia for its history of war crimes prosecutions, 14 January 1948

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Note from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China to the Australian Legation, Chungking, regarding the establishment of the Far Eastern and Pacific Sub-Commission and English translation, 13 October 1944

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Lt Col John Warry Flannagan

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Organisation of DPW&I in 1946

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Nominal roll of officers serving at 1AWCS

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A report by Captain MB Tindale, 2AWCS, for week ending 24 December 1948. None of these cases moved to the prosecution stage

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Lithographic copy of the Instrument of Surrender signed by General Thomas Blamey at Morotai, 9 September 1945

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Newspaper clipping from July 1949 kept by External Affairs suggesting the Japanese police were uncooperative in locating suspected war criminals

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Letter suggesting inquiries be made with the Netherlands in relation to one Arai Shoko

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The Royal Netherlands Legation's advice that the Netherlands was about to return Takasaki Masamitsu to Australian custody, after he was unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Dutch for war crimes

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Lt Col Edward 'Weary' Dunlop's index card

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Japanese Prisoner of War Camp Locations in Japan, in 'Prisoner of War Camps in Japanese Occupied Areas Preliminary Report', United States Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, CINCPAC-CINCPOA Bulletin, no. 36, 1 February 1945, figure no. I

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Prisoner of War Camps in the Tokyo Bay Area, in 'Prisoner of War Encampments', United States Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, CINCPAC-CINCPOA Bulletin, no. 113, 15 June 1945, p. 24

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Royal Netherlands Legation advice in 1948 that a war crimes investigation into beheadings at Koepang had closed due to a lack of suspects and evidence.

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Typed copy of joint petition by suspected war criminals detained in Sugamo Prison pleading not to be transferred to Manus Island for trial.

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Promulgation of sentence after confirmation of finding and sentence read to Lt Gen Adachi Hatazō by Maj FJ Duval in the Rabaul War Criminals Compound.

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Record of Military Court for the first trial convened, known as the Morotai M9 trial

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Justice Townley's acceptance letter to become President of the Manus Island trials.

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Scale of rations and commodities set out in the War Crimes (Imprisonment) Regulations 1951 (Cth).

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Translation of Imamura's note indicating he was intending to commit suicide.

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Sugamo Prison, Papers of James K. Ken Baker, Sugamo Prison Detachment, MacArthur Memorial (Norfolk VA)

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History sheet of Lt Gen Adachi Hatazō, including his signature in kanji.

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Record of offences committed by Morioka Teikichi, Manus Island, 1952.

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Entrance to the Manus Island Compound.

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Mess Hut in the Manus Island Compound.

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Official appointment of Webb as Australia representative to the International Military Tribunal, 6 February 1946.

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Photograph sheet of 28 suspected war criminals.

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Telegram from the Australian Political Representative, Tokyo, to the Australian Government in predicting that the International Military Tribunal would run from mid-March to late June 1946.

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Drawing by war criminal Fumio Fujiki held in Papers of Sergeant Edwin P Merrell, USA, Sugamo Prison Detachment, USAFPAC / FECOM, MacArthur Memorial (Norfolk VA).

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Lt Col Francis Griffith John Place on enlistment in 1942.

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John William Alexander O’Brien on enlistment in 1940.

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Explanation of Sugamo Prison's 'Conduct Rating System' for inmates.

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Account describing a 'quite novel performance' of Japanese petitioning at the Australian Embassy, September 1952.

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Comparative (but strictly notional) dates of discharge under Australian and United Kingdom practices.

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The Army's opinion on the Japanese recommendation for parole of Yasusaka Masaji.

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External Affairs' press release on the decision to release, 12 June 1957.

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Letter signed by the First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, acknowledging the authorisation of the immediate release of four final war criminals, 27 June 1957.

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The Minister of External Affairs' suggestion that 'Weary' Dunlop should be involved in the advisory panel.

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Japanese Ambassador's letter of thanks for granting parole to Hata and Oka, October 1943.

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Sugamo Monthly Report for December 1955 showing only one major war criminal remaining in Sugamo.

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