Defendant: Furushima, Chotaro: Vice Mayor of Funatsu, Commanding Officer
of Nagoya Area Prisoner of War Camp Number 1-D and POW Camp Number 3-B
Docket No./ Date: 3/ Dec. 28, 1945 - Jan. 11, 1946, Yokohama, Japan
Charge: 1. Violation of the Laws and Customs of War between 29 May 1944
and about 2 September 1945 as C.O. of Nagoya Area POW Camp Number 3-B,
Funatsu, Gifu, Honshu, Japan and Nogoya Area POW Camp number 1-D, Kamioka,
Gifu, Honshu, Japan, did unlawfully abuse, mistreat and commit other offenses
against certain Amercan POWs and failing to control, permitting members
of his command to commit cruel and brutal atrocities and other offenses
against American PWs.
Verdict: Guilty verdict upheld/ Life imprisonment at hard labor
Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: The Judge Advocate stated that
the accused "was rightfully and properly considered as responsible
because he, as Commanding officer of both camps, could not but have known
they were occuring." The evidence showed that the accused himself
had committed brutalities toward the POWs.
Reviewing Authority: Paul E. Spurlock, Judge Advocate Section
Defense Arguments: 1. Denied committing various forms of abuse and mistreatment
of prisoners 2. Treatment of prisoners same as treatment of Japanese soldiers
3. Claimed to not have known about abuses by others, ie. Subordinates
Judge Advocate's Recommendations: Col. Sotaro Muratta (Docket No. 155),
superior to Chotaro Furushima was called as a witness. It would be interesting
to see what happened to him compared to his subordinate.