Japanese lawmaker criticizes WWII war crimes tribunal

Japanese lawmaker criticizes WWII war crimes tribunal

[JURIST] A member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party [party website] said in a speech Wednesday that the International Military Tribunal for the Far East [Wikipedia profile] established after World War II may have unjustly tried and convicted Japanese war criminals. Lawmaker Masahiro Morioka [official website, in Japanese] previously enraged Japan's neighbours which suffered destruction and Japanese occupation in the conflict when he made a similar statement [Japan Today report] earlier this month, claiming that the Class-A war criminals [China Daily list] tried by the tribunal were not considered criminals in Japan, effectively enraging Japan's neighbors. Morioka's remarks were made at a conference honoring Japan's history and the passage of the country's traditions from one generation to the next. Reuters has more. The Asahi Shimbun has local coverage.