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Executive Order 10747--Designating the Secretary of State to act for the United States in certain matters pertaining to Japanese war criminals

Source: The provisions of Executive Order 10747 of Dec. 31, 1957, appear at 23 FR 43, 3 CFR, 1954-1958 Comp., p. 403, unless otherwise noted.

By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Statutes, and as President of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, it is ordered as follows:

1. The Secretary of State, or his designee, is hereby designated and empowered, without the approval, ratification, or other action of the President, to make on behalf of the Government of the United States of America the decision required by Article 11 of the Treaty of Peace with Japan in those cases in which the Government of Japan has submitted recommendations for reduction of sentence or parole with respect to sentences imposed on Japanese war criminals by tribunals established by the Government of the United States or by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.

2. In exercising the authority vested in him by paragraph 1 hereof, the Secretary of State, in general, shall accept the recommendations of the Government of Japan if they are accompanied by findings made by a responsible nonpolitical board, and if he is satisfied that the board has considered all the pertinent matters in each case under consideration, including the trial record, in arriving at its conclusion.

3. Executive Order No. 10393 of September 4, 1952, establishing the Clemency and Parole Board for War Criminals, and Executive Order No. 10613 of May 16, 1955, amending that order, are hereby revoked; and the Clemency and Parole Board for War Criminals is hereby abolished. The records of the said Board shall be turned over to the Department of State on the date of this order.