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Koki Hirota, Japan's Foreign Minister, at Death Sentence

Koki Hirota, Japan's Foreign Minister, at Death Sentence

Koki Hirota was the only civilian member of Japan's government to be convicted of war crimes after World War II.  He was convicted on the following counts of the indictment against him:

  • Count 1 (waging wars of aggression and war or wars in violation of international law)
  • Count 27 (waging unprovoked war against the Republic of China)
  • Count 55 (disregard for duty to prevent breaches of the laws of war)

This image depicts Hirota listening to the court delivering the sentence against him (at the war crimes trial in Manila).  The U.S. National Archives provides this description:

Koki Hirota listens to death sentence read by Sir William Webb (Australia) (not shown), President of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.  Hirota, age 70, was Prime Minister from March 1936, to February 1937 and Foreign Minister under Saito, Okada and Konoye. November 12, 1948.


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.  ARC Identifier 292617.

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