Author: Nicola Henry
Title: Memory of an Injustice
Subtitle: The "Comfort Women" and the Legacy of the Tokyo Trial
Journal: Asian Studies Review
Link: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]
»International criminal prosecutions for serious violations of human rights are not only connected to a collective consciousness about the past; they also shape contemporary memory contestation. The International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE or Tokyo Tribunal) was established in 1946 to try Japanese defendants for war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace. Part of the legacy of the Tokyo Trial is the debate that has ensued over the collective memory of injustice, including critiques of "victor’s justice", as well as the failure of the Tribunal to adequately prosecute crimes such as the vivisection of prisoners, biological warfare and the systematic sexual enslavement of the so-called "comfort women".
Added: August 10, 2013 | Last updated: August 10, 2013