End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Moves against Japanese war criminals

    11 September. Occupation authorities in Japan designate 39 former Japanese leaders as war criminals and order their arrests. Among their number is General Tōjō Hideki, who as prime minister presided over Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Tōjō has already attempted suicide before being taken to prison. He is later found guilty at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal and hanged in December 1948. Eventually 5,700 Japanese military personnel will be tried in war crimes tribunals throughout Asia.

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    Immediately after his suicide attempt, Tōjō Hideki receiving life-saving treatment at SCAP Hospital in Tokyo, 8 September 1945