WWII Japanese "Class A"War Criminals Sign State Flag At Sugamo Prison, 1946

This flag was signed by 26 "Class A" Japanese defendants at the International Military Tribunal For The Far East from April 24, 1946 to November 12, 1948. These Japanese Military and civilian leaders were charged with waging aggressive war and crimes against humanity. Two of the original 28 defendants died during the trial and one was found to be mentally unfit for trial. Of the remaining 26,  six were found guilty and hanged, 16 were sentenced to life imprisonment and the other 13 were paroled between 1954 and 1956.

Twenty-six of the original "Class A" defendants signed this state flag. The autographs were collected by an America prison guard at Sugamo Prison, Fritz Bock of the Military Police Corps.

Ambassador Shigemetsu and General Emuzu, whose signatures are on this flag, also signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on board the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945.


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