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Why were the Nuremberg trials after WWII for the Germans only? The same charges used against the the Germans could be easily extended to the Japanese or possibly Italians. They have committed as much war atrocities as the others against the Chinese and POW. Why was not the Japanese Emperor and his generals charged as most of the German counterparts?

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And if it really was about justice, why not have trials for the allies as well? They committed war crimes as well. – user202 Dec 26 '12 at 12:20
@HermannIngjaldsson In the Tokyo trial, Justice Pal made the same point as well, and judged the acccused not guilty. – Arani Dec 26 '12 at 18:56
It's just weird to put up trials and all, pretending like the matter is about justice when in fact it is about being on the right team. The murderers on the winning team become heroes, the murderers on the loosing team get executed. It's not justice, it's who won.. and we should stop pretending like it is anything else. – user202 Jan 2 '13 at 18:23
@HermannIngjaldsson: No, it's not as simple as that. People like Arthur Harris might have been given ranks and peerages but they definitely did not become heroes. That's because the good, if flawed, side won: people have access to the records and can judge for themselves the actions of the participants in the war. Had the other, evil, side won, Himmler would have been declared a hero and whoever dissented from that would be swiftly done in. So please, do not confuse flawed good with unalloyed evil. – Felix Goldberg Jan 20 '13 at 12:03
@HermannIngjaldsson Well, here we come full circle - it boils down to political theory. In my book, the "general masses" have a chance of actually thinking for themselves, provided they get a decent education. It's a model that works so-so in practice but that's the only viable foundation for a modern democracy. In your model, the masses have no chance of figuring things out, just by dint of being the masses. The necessary corollary is that the masses must be ruled by an overclass of those who can figure things out. Like, say, the Party, be it red or brown. – Felix Goldberg Jul 9 '13 at 0:26
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Look up the Tokyo trials. As for the Italians, they weren't implicated in war crimes on the same scale as the Germans and Japanese.

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Thanks you Sir. This is the first time I heard of the Tokyo trials. Most of the documentaries I watched were all about Nuremberg. – The Byzantine Dec 25 '12 at 19:17

Japanese war criminals were tried in Tokyo after the war. Generals Tojo (the former Japanese Prime Minister) and Yamashita (in charge of the Philippines) were hanged as a result.

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