740.00116 PW/8–945

The United States Commissioner, United Nations War Crimes Commission (Hodgson) to the Secretary of State
No. 190

Sir: I have the honor to report that at the meeting of the United Nations War Crimes Commission held on August 8th, the Chairman inquired of me whether the Commission should not proceed to discuss recommendations concerning the apprehension and trial of Japanese war criminals.

In reply it was stated that it was felt that this subject should be considered as soon as possible, and it was suggested that the matter be referred to a committee to formulate proposals, instead of being made the subject of a general debate which might not result in any precise recommendations.

The Chinese and Dutch representatives supported this view and, after a discussion regarding the committee which should be charged with the work, it was decided to appoint a special committee composed of the representatives of Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Joseph V. Hodgson

Lt. Col., JAGD, AUS