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The Australian Pursuit of Japanese War Criminals, 1943-1957: From Foe to Friend

Dean Aszkielowicz


After the Second World War, the Australian military prosecuted almost a thousand alleged Japanese war criminals. These prosecutions were not only an attempt to punish Japan for its wartime militarism, but also a move to exert influence over the future course of Japanese society, politics, and foreign policy, as well as to cement Australia’s position in the Pacific as a regional power. During the Allied occupation of Japan (1945-52), Australia energetically pursued Japanese war criminals, and took a tough stance on Japan in general. The U.S. authorities, who dominated the Occupation, initially ... More

Keywords: Japanese war criminals, War crimes trials, Australia-Japan relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9789888390724
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean Aszkielowicz, author
Murdoch University