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Dean Aszkielowicz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390724

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390724.001.0001

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Japan and Australia, 1944–1946

Japan and Australia, 1944–1946

The Early Domestic and Regional Context

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(p.16) 1 Japan and Australia, 1944–1946
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The Australian Pursuit of Japanese War Criminals, 1943-1957
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Dean Aszkielowicz

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390724.003.0002

When the Second World War ended, the Australian government sought to establish the country as a major player in regional diplomacy. An early focus of Australia’s new and energetic foreign policy agenda was regional security, and in particular, bringing Japan to account for the war. After some early frustrations with its major allies, the Australian government was given several key roles in the Occupation of Japan. The Occupation began with the goals of democratizing and reforming Japan, and prosecuting war criminals was a key part of this early agenda. Meanwhile in Australia, the public demanded the government begin a resolute process of bringing war criminals to justice.

Keywords:   Emperor Hirohito, Occupation of Japan, Foreign Policy, Press

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