January 22, 2021

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Japan: The curious tale of the man who slapped Tojo

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ACuriousMadnessOn May 3, 1946, the indictments were read at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. Among the defendants was a gangly, bespectacled, 59-year-old civilian named Shumei Okawa, who happened to be seated directly behind the former prime minister, army Gen. Hideki Tojo.

As the clerk read the indictments, Okawa began squirming in his seat and chirping gibberish.

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