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World War II Pacific Theater Case Synopses from Judge Advocate's Reviews Yokohama Class B and C War Crimes Trials
Defendant: Asari, Eiji, Sergeant, Hokodate First Branch PW Camp, Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan

Docket Date: 43/July 26 - Aug. 9, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: Violation of the Laws and Customs of War: 1. Did willfully and unlawfully commit cruel and brutal acts, atrocities and other offenses against certain Allied PWs.

Specifications:beating using fire shovel, fists, etc…

Verdict: 25 years CHL

Reviewing Authority Recommendations: Accused was a sergeant at the PW camp who was identified as being responsible for the acts alleged. Accused beat prisoners on the slightest provocation. Accused was even punished on two occasions for mistreating PWs by the camp commander

Reviewing Authority: Accused denied the specifications as charged. He admitted striking PWs for violations of regulations. He thought he was doing so for their own good: he did not understand the customs of foreigners because of his "incomplete education."

Prosecution Arguments: Record is legally sufficient to support the findings. That it was directly ordered that they were ordered to treat PWs in the same manner as in the Japanese Army "does not free this accused from the guilt of his acts."

Defense Arguments: Paul E. Spurlock, Reviewer, Judge Advocate Section

Judge Advocate's Recommendations: Lt. Col. Allan R. Browne found that the sentence of 25 years for the accused, despite havign been convicted of only 1 specification was appropriate because that specification included "many instances of vicious brutalities."

Child Testifying in Court in Manila.
Photo: U.S. Army, courtesy of Bob Harmon

The trial records of Japanese War Criminals Tried at Yokohama, Japan, between 1946 and 1949 is broken into 2 sets:

  1. 59 reels - Records of Trials and Clemency Petitions for Accused Japanese War Criminals Tried at Yokohama, Japan (1946-1948)
  2. 5 reels - Reviews of the Yokohama Class B and C war crimes Trials by the 8th Army judge Advocate (1946-1949)

The following is a summary of the corresponding case found in the latter group (5-reel set of Judge Advocate's Reviews). Analysis Prepared by Stella Lee Researcher, War Crimes Studies Center

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