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Sugamo Prison held 'War Criminals set to appear
before the International Tribunal for the Far East.

Today a high rise building stands where Sugamo Prison
was located but many Japanese believe it is haunted.

The 'Tokyo Trials' were held from
May 3, 1946 to Nov. 12, 1948

The defendants were charged with - "contemplated and carried out ... murdering, maiming and ill treating prisoners of
war (and) civilian internees ... forcing them to labor under inhumane conditions ... plundering public and private property, wantonly destroying cities, towns and villages beyond any justification of military necessity; (perpetrating)
mass murder, rape, pillage, brigandage, torture and other barbaric cruelties upon the helpless civilian population of the
over-run countries."

The prosecution team was made up of justices from eleven Allied nations: Australia, Canada, China, France, Great
Britain, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Soviet Union and the United States.

Class A Defendants:
4 Former premiers: Hiranuma, Hirota, Koiso, Tojo; 3 Former foreign ministers: Matsuoka, Shigemitsu, Togo; 4 Former
war ministers: Araki, Hata, Itagaki, Minami; 2 Former Navy ministers: Nagano and Shimada; 6 Former Generals: Doihara, Kimura, Matsui, Muto, Sato, Umezu; 2 Former Ambassadors: Oshima and Shiratori; 3 Former Eeconomic and Financial
leaders: Hoshino, Kaya, Suzuki Imperial Adviser: Kido; Radical theorist Okawa; Admiral Oka and Colonel Hashimoto.