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Japanese War Trials

After World War II ended in the Pacific, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE), convened to try the Japanese officials who had pursued the war and committed atrocities in the course of it. Held from 1946 to 1948, the IMTFE charter was modeled after that of the Nuremberg Trials, which decided the fates of leading Nazi war criminals. The IMTFE sentenced seven to hang for their crimes and consigned 16 more to life imprisonment. Conspicuously absent from the defendants’ bench were Emperor Hirohito and his imperial relatives, who many regard as responsible for engendering World War II in the Pacific.