Forgiveness by Law and Dilemmas on the Nature of the War Criminal Program in Japan

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


This chapter looks at the nature of the San Francisco Peace Treaty and its provisions when it comes to war criminals which are source of contradiction. Babovic introduces the concepts of clemency and parole and their meaning for the war criminal program in Japan. The analysis of the US institutional disputes points out at the deep discrepancies when it comes to the approach towards the character of the war criminal program. Lastly, the chapter looks at the connectedness between the German and Japanese war criminal programs even in the post-institutional phase of the Tribunal.


SCAP parole Clemency and parole San Francisco Peace Treaty Judicial Political IMT Nuremberg 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandra Babovic
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  1. 1.Osaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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