The International Military Tribunal in Tokyo looked last week like a third-string road company of the Nurnberg show.

It was not that civilization's taste for justice was jaded, or that preparations for the trial of high Japanese war criminals had been halfhearted. Allied legal authorities had worked on the 55 -count indictment for eight months. Much care had gone into fitting the courtroom with dark, walnut-toned paneling, imposing daises, convenient perches for the press and motion picture cameramen. The klieg lights suggested a Hollywood premiere.

Nurnberg's impresarios had used simpler furnishings, relied on...

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