Yuma Totani is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and is a  historian of modern Japan and a researcher of post–World War II Allied war crimes trials in the Asia-Pacific region. She is a cofounder of the War Crimes Documentation Initiative at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, a digital humanities laboratory that develops innovative digital tools for promoting the teaching and research of World War II–era war crimes in the Asia-Pacific region. Her publications include The Tokyo War Crimes Trial: The Pursuit of Justice in the Wake of World War II (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008), Justice in Asia and the Pacific Region, 1945–1952: Allied War Crimes Prosecutions (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and The Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal: Law, History, and Jurisprudence (coauthored with David Cohen; Cambridge University Press, 2018). Her career mission is to undertake a series of multiyear research projects and book publications that help illuminate the conditions, circumstances, and consequences of Japanese war and war crimes; and that assess the implications of our historical knowledge of World War II for strengthening the principles of international justice, accountability, and the rule of law in the twenty-first century.

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