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The Parameters Of Justice: The Evolution Of British Civil An Dmilitary Perspectives On War Crimes Trials And Their Legal Context (1942–1956)

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This chapter sheds light upon British civil and military perspectives on the subject of the B/C class trials from the time war crimes policy during the Second World War first became a major issue until nearly 15 years later when the Queen gave her consent to the release of the last convicted Japanese war criminal for whom Britain was responsible. The Japanese government, however, accepted responsibility for sponsoring any appropriate applications for clemency that might be made to the country concerned. The NOPAR Commission established by the Japanese government under Law 103 began to approach the individual former Allied Powers with recommendations for clemency. The Cabinet decided on July 28, 1955, that the agonizingly fastidious regard for judicial rectitude had to yield to the dictates of international politics.

Keywords: British civil perspectives; international politics; Japanese government; war crimes trials



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