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II. Transitional Justice Options Seriously Considered and Actually Implemented for Alleged Japanese Atrocity Perpetrators

Like the IMT for Nazis, the IMTFE was one of only several transitional justice options seriously considered and actually implemented to address Japanese suspected of committing atrocities during WWII. This Part summarizes what transitional justice options the Allied Powers—in particular, the USG— considered and then implemented for these Japanese. Part II.A describes the impact the existing and ongoing IMT precedent made on deliberations concerning Japanese. Parts II.B and II.C discuss the transitional justice options seriously considered and actually implemented for the primary and lower-level Japanese war criminals, respectively. As discussed below, for each group of alleged atrocity perpetrators, the general options implemented were the same: prosecution, amnesty, and lustration.106 Figure 5.1 shows the general transitional justice options the USG supported for addressing Japanese, whereas Figure 5.2 displays the specific prosecutorial transitional justice options the USG supported in this case.

U.S. Government Transitional Justice Options Tree for Suspected Japanese Atrocity Perpetrators—General

figure 5.1 U.S. Government Transitional Justice Options Tree for Suspected Japanese Atrocity PerpetratorsGeneral.

U.S. Government Transitional Justice Options Table for Suspected Japanese A tro ci ty Perpetra to rs—Pros ecu tion

figure 5.2 U.S. Government Transitional Justice Options Table for Suspected Japanese A tro ci ty Perpetra to rs—Pros ecu tion.

 
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