International: First Haul

Until the U.S. could recondition one of Japan's infamous prison camps, the Yokohama jail was the only safe lodging for war criminals. The Yokohama jail was clean and unbombed, but it would be only large enough for the first batch.

After the seizure of Hideki Tojo (TIME, Sept. 17), who bungled his attempt at suicide,* counter-intelligence officers began rounding up the other 39 on MacArthur's first list of criminals wanted.

Two others, Welfare Minister Chikahiko Koizumi and Education Minister Kunihiko Hashida of Tojo's Pearl Harbor Cabinet (and four unlisted officials) succeeded in killing themselves....

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