My Personal Experience at the Tokyo Trial

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PartⅠ The International Military Tribunal for the Far East
[Editor's Note]
CHAPTER Ⅰ Establishment and Jurisdiction of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East
1.1 International Trials of Major War Criminals: A Pioneering
Undertaking after World War Ⅱ
1.2 Lessons Learned from the Failure of International Trials after World War Ⅰ
1.3 Preparatory Work during World WarⅡ
1.4 Process of Establishing the Two Tribunals
1.5 Jurisdiction of the Two Tribunals
1.6 Class-A War Criminals and International Trials
CHAPTER 2 Charter and Organization of the International Military
Tribunal for the Far East
2.1 Introduction to the Tokyo Charter
2.2 Location and Layout of the Tokyo Tribunal
2.3 Members of the Tribunal: Judges and President
2.4 International Prosecution Section
2.5 The Defense: Japanese and American Counsel
2.6 Administrative and Personnel Arrangements
CHAPTER 3 Arrest and Prosecution of Japanese Major War Criminals
3.1 Four Arrest Warrants from the General Headquarters
3.2 Investigation and Preparation for Prosecution by the IPS
3.3 Selection of and Bibliographic Information on the 28 Defendants
3.4 Eleven Countries 'Indictment against Japanese Major War Criminals
3.5 Characteristics and Defects of the Indictment
CHAPTER 4 Trial Proceedings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East
4.1 Basic Provisions on Trial Proceedings in the Tokyo Charter
4.2 Procedures for the Presentation and Admission of Evidentiary Documents
4.3 Procedures for the Attendance and Testifying of Witnesses
4.4 Affidavits from Non-attending Witnesses and the Defendants ,Confessions
4.5 Criticism of the Trial Proceedings
Part Ⅱ The Tokyo TriaI Diaries
[Editor's Note]
The Tokyo Trial Diaries (from March 20 to May 13 in the year of 1946)
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Mr. Mei Ju-ao was born in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province in 1904. He graduated from Tsinghua School (predecessor of Tsinghua University) in 1924 and then travelled to the United States to study at Stanford University and University of Chicago Law School, where he received his J.D. degree. After returning to China in 1929,Mr. Mei became a professor at Shanxi University, Nankai University, Wuhan University, Fudan University, and the Central Political School, successively or simultaneously, teaching courses including political science, civil law, criminal law, introduction to the common law, and international law. From 1934 onwards,he served as a member of the Legislative Council of the KMT government and had acted as acting chairman of its Foreign Affairs Committee. After the victory of the War of Resistance against Japan, he was assigned by the government,in 1946, to be the judge of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East representing China. During his nearly three years of trial work, he made great efforts to safeguard the national dignity and internationaljustice, and contributed to the achievement of a just and fair trial. At the end of 1948, the KMT govemment appointed him as Councilor of the Executive Council and Minister of Justice, but he refused to assume office and fled to Hong Kong. He arrived in Beijing under the arrangement of the CPC representatives in early December 1949. From 1950 onwards, he served as adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representative to the National People's Congress and member ofits Bills Committee, member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, member of the World Peace Council, Executive Director of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs,and Director of the Chinese Society of Political Science and Law. Mr. Mei suffered injustice in the Anti-Rightist Movement and the Cultural Revolution. He passed away in Beijing in 1973, at the age of 68.
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