740.00116 PW/1–246: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Acting Political Adviser in Japan (Atcheson)


20. Brit aide-mémoire reed Jan 4:

[Here follows text of British aide-mémoire printed on page 382.]

Dept understands submission of defendant list for approval Supreme Commander72 is responsibility prosecution agency. Suggest above list be communicated to Keenan73 and that he be informed that Brit Embassy has informed Dept General Gairdner74 will soon be instructed to discuss war crimes matters, including trial arrangements and procedure with prosecution agency pending arrival Brit associate prosecutor to be nominated shortly.

  1. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP), Japan.
  2. Joseph B. Keenan, Chief of Counsel for prosecution of war criminals at Tokyo and subsequently Chief of Legal Section, General Headquarters (GHQ), SCAP.
  3. Maj. Gen. Charles H. Gairdner, Head of the United Kingdom Liaison Mission in Japan and the British Prime Minister’s personal representative to SCAP.