Hirota, Oshima, Hiranuma, Umezu, Shigemitsu, Muto

Place Asia: Japan, Tokyo
Accession Number ART92178
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 25 x 31 cm
Object type Print
Physical description cardboard monochrome engraving
Maker Isaacman, Meyer
Place made Japan: Tokyo
Date made 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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Six caricatures of top-ranking Japanese Second World War leaders all convicted for war crimes at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo. These caricatures appeared regularly in the BCON Weekend magazine. Koki Hirota (1878-1948), a Japanese diplomat and the only civilian to be executed as a result of the Tokyo trials; Hiroshi Oshima (1886-1975), a general in the Imperial Japanese Army; Hiranuma Kiichiro (1867-1952), a prominant Second World War right-wing politician and the 35th Prime Minister of Japan, and; Yoshijiro Umezu (1882-1949), a general in the Imperial Japanese Army. Mamoru Shigemitsu (1887-1957), Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs at the end of the Second World War. Together with General Yoshijiro Umezu, Shigemitsu signed the instument of surrender on 2 September, 1945. Akira Muto (1892-1948), a general in the Imperial Japanese Army.