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An Unforgettable History of World War II: The Tokyo Trials
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Presentation Room, Charles E. Young Research Library (11348 YRL), UCLA Library
The Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library presents a guest lecture by Professor Longwan Xiang from Shanghai Jiatong University (上海交通大學). Professor Xiang is the son of Prosecutor Hsiang Che-chun (Xiang Zhejun), who was appointed by China alongside judge Mei Ju-ao at the Tokyo Trials, an international military tribunal aiming to indict the leaders of Japanese war crimes. The tribunal was established to implement the Cairo Declaration, the Potsdam Declaration, the Moscow Conference and the Instrument of Surrender.
In December 1945, 11 countries, including China, decided to participate in the Military Tribunal for the Far East. With each country choosing its own judge and prosecutor, China’s Mei Ju-ao and Hsiang Che-chun, were elected as judge and prosecutor at the Tribunal. During the more than two-and-a-half-year tribunal, though China initially formulated a list of war criminals consisting of 33 people, 28 Japanese military and political leaders were charged “Class A” crimes of participating in a joint conspiracy to start and wage war, committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.