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The Tokyo Trial, Justice, and the Postwar International Order


  • Challenges the predominant view of the Tokyo Trial by observing it as a politico-legal event

  • Offers a deep conceptualization of the Trial by using relevant disciplines, history and international criminal law

  • Covers not only the Trial but also the temporal grid well beyond its end in 1948


Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)

About this book


Fully utilizing the latest archival material, this book provides a comprehensive, multi-dimensional and nuanced understanding of the Tokyo Tribunal by delving into the temporal aspects that extended the relevance and reverberations of the Tribunal beyond its end in 1948. With this as a backdrop, this book contributes to the study of Japanese postwar diplomacy. It shows the Tokyo Tribunal is still very much an experiment in progress, and how the process itself has helped Japan to quickly shed its imperial past and remain ambiguous as to its war responsibilities. From a wider vantage point, this book augments the existing scholarship of international criminal law and justice, offering a clear framework as to the limits of what international criminal tribunals can accomplish and offers a must-read for academics and students as well as for practitioners, journalists and policymakers interested in international criminal law and US-Japanese diplomatic history,


the Tokyo Trial War Crimes Tribunal Postwar International Order Nature of International Criminal Justice the Political, Historical and Legal Consequences of the Trial Class A War Criminals Power and Institutional Dynamics in the Tribunal Japanese Wartime Responsibility Alllied Powers' Manipulation of Parole System

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

About the authors

Aleksandra Babovic is Assistant Professor at Osaka University Graduate School of Human Sciences, Japan. She holds a PhD from Kobe University Graduate School of Law with a specialization in Diplomatic History and earned her MA degree from Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po (France). She is a lecturer at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (Japan) and Osaka University (Japan). Her research interests include Japanese post-war history, international criminal law and justice, and more specifically the Tokyo Tribunal.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Tokyo Trial, Justice, and the Postwar International Order
  • Authors Aleksandra Babovic
  • Series Title New Directions in East Asian History
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Directions in East Asian History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-3476-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-3477-1
  • Series ISSN 2522-0195
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-0209
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 178
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Japan
    Criminal Justice
    International Criminal Law
    War Crimes
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