Hoog bezoek: Prins Yasuhiko Asaka and Prinses Nobuko Asaka

Prins Yasuhiko Asaka van Japan en echtgenote prinses Nobuko Asaka, met entourage op de trappen van het Vredespaleis. Uiterst rechts, Dr. Jacob ter Meulen, directeur van de bibliotheek. Datum 1925. Fotocollectie Carnegie Stichting.

Generaal Prins Asaka (1887-1981) was de stamvader van een zijtak van de Japanse keizerlijke familie. Hij was een carrière-officier in het Japanse keizerlijke leger. Schoonzoon van keizer Meji en aangetrouwd oom van keizer Shōwa (Hirohito).

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Prince Asaka was commander of Japanese forces in the final assault on Nanking (now Nanjing), then the capital city of Nationalist China, in December 1937. He was implicated in the Nanking massacre but never charged. He was interrogated about his involvement in the Nanking Massacre on 1 May 1946, but was not brought before the International Military Tribunal for the Far East for prosecution. Indeed, for politico-strategic and geopolitical reasons, General Douglas MacArthur decided to support the Imperial family and to grant immunity to all its members.

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