Stagnation and Confusion: The Incoherencies of the War Criminal Program in Japan
This chapter reveals Prime Minister Yoshida’s position towards the war criminals as well as institutional cleavages when it comes to the release of war criminals. Babovic points out the persistent confusion of Class A and Class BC war criminals which complicates their campaign for release. Babovic analyzes the inter-Allied differences when it comes to the Class A war criminal release. In 1953, the war criminal matter reached high-level attention thanks to public opinion, but the chapter shows that there are no significant developments until the Cabinet change.