China publishes court exhibits of Tokyo trials

Updated: 2015-05-10 17:52


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SHANGHAI -- China has published compiled documentary evidence from the Tokyo trials, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the victory of World War II.

A Collection of Court Exhibits of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East is classified into 53 volumes, containing 3,915 court items. It is the first time that such court exhibits have been published globally.

After WWII, the Allied Forces tried Japanese war criminals in Tokyo. Known as the Tokyo trials, the proceedings played an important part in creating international order following the war.

Aside from Japanese government files acquired by the U.S. military and other secret files that were not destroyed, evidence includes Red Cross reports, excerpts from personal diaries, letters and other personnel files.

The collection includes important evidence that proved Japanese war criminals' role in the September 18 Incident, Marco Polo Bridge Incident and the Nanjing Massacre.

Compilers of the book series have cross checked language differences in the original Japanese and English files and corrected thousands of mistakes.

The series will also be released at the BookExpo America, New York, this month.