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    Japanese Officer's Sword Presented to General Jinzaburo Masaki by Emperor Hirohito. The sword was subsequently given by General Masaki to United States Navy Captain James J. Robinson who served as the war crimes prosecutor and U.S. legal counsel of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. The sword is accompanied by an archive of letters, papers, and photographs relating to the war crimes trials, the holding of General Masaki as an A class war criminal suspect, and Robinson's fifteen years of service as a justice of the Libyan Supreme Court. Among the documents are letters from Hikeki Masaki, the general's son, thanking Captain Robinson for the consideration and kindnesses shown the elder Masaki during his arrest and captivity. On April 9, 1947 the Masaki family, on Jinzaburo Masaki's instructions, presented Captain Robinson with the sword Emperor Hirohito had earlier given the General. The sword is 31½" long overall with a 26¼" blade. The grip is white shagreen, and the hilt, gilt brass. The sheath is wood with a lacquered leather cover and gilt mounts. The hilt is marked "SA" near the leather tab. The sword has the original gold wire and red fabric general's sword knot. The silk fabric sleeve is embroidered with gold cherry blossoms. Very fine.

    Jinzaburo Masaki, a graduate of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, was a career military officer who was commandant of the army academy and vice chief of the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff before he was promoted to full general and his appointment as Inspector General of Military Education. Masaki was active in the internal political factions within the army and was an early member of the Kodaha, a radical faction that represented ultranationalist elements within the Japanese Army. He was arrested as a war criminal after World War II, but was released in 1947, largely on the recommendation of Captain Robinson. General Masaki's son, Hikeki Masaki, served as the personal English translator and interpreter for Emperor Hirohito from the late 1950s until the Emperor's death in 1989. The younger Masaki also wrote a memoir of his service with the Emperor.


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    July, 2009
    25th Saturday
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