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An outstanding and excessively rare item, a large Japanese flag signed by twenty-three of the most notorious Japanese war criminals as they awaited trial in Tokyo in 1946! The silk flag was obtained by an American guard serving at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. Just like their counterparts in Germany, the guards in Japan often had their charges sign "souvenirs" for them. This flag, the Japanese national flag, bears a large red circle upon a white field and measures 12" x 17". All of the signatures are in broad, black with each signer writing his name in English characters. Included are the following criminals, their sentence in parentheses: General and Premier HIDEKI TOJO (Death), Diplomat SHIGENORI TOGO who signs twice (20 Years), General HEITARO KIMURA (Death), Hirohito's advisor KOICHI KIDO (Life Imprisonment), General SEISHIRO ITAGAKI (Death), General TAKASUMI OKA (Life Imprisonment), Ambassador TOSHIO SHIRATORI (Life Imprisonment), Minister NAOKI HOSHINO (Life Imprisonment), Minister OKINORI KAYA (Life Imprisonment), Admiral SHIGETARO SHIMADA (Life Imprisonment), Field Marshal SHUNROKU HATA (Life Imprisonment), General KENJI DOIHARA (Death), Baron KOKI HIROTA (Death), General JIRO MINAMI (Life Imprisonment), Ambassador MAMORU SHIGEMITSU (Seven Years), General TEIICHI SUZUKI (Life), General HIROSHI OSHIMA (Life Imprisonment), General and Korean Gov. JIRO MINAMI (Life), Baron KIICHIRO HIRANUMA (Life Imprisonment), General AKIRA MUTO (Death), General HEITARO KIMURA (Death), General KENRYO SATO (Life Imprisonment) and General YOSHIJIRO UMEZU (Life Imprisonment). The flag is in superb condition, and the signatures, black ink "painted" on the silk flag with brushes, are much bolder than they appear here. Lavishly matted in beige linen with gold wood trim, brass descriptive plaque, and gold wood frame. Ready for display.
Estimate $ 3,000-4,000

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