On this day in 1948, Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders, all Class-A war criminals, were executed, by hanging, for their war crimes. Tojo had shot himself, in September 1945, through the spot where his doctor had marked where Tojo's heat was, but he somehow missed that vital organ. Tojo had been convicted of several counts of waging unprovoked war against several nations and one count of "ordering, authorizing and permitting inhumane treatment" of POWs.
The other six were: Kenji Doihara, who plotted the Mukden incident and authorized the attack on Pearl Harbor; Koki Hirota , who signed treaties with Nazi Germany and plotted the attacks on China and Southeast Asia; Akira Muto, who was responsible for the Nanking rape/murder fest; Seishiro Itagaki, responsible for many prison camp atrocities; Heitaro Kimura, responsible for the deaths of POWs and levied workers on the Siam Burma Railway; and, Iwane Matsui, also responsible for the Nanking rape/murder fest.
Labels: Pacific theater; War Crimes, WWII post history