Defendant: Hara, Mokichi, Guard, Hiroshima POW Branch Camp No. 1
Docket No./ Date: 39A/ July 1-31, 1946, Yokohama, Japan
Charge: Violation of the Laws and Customs of War: 1. Did willfully and
unlawfully commit cruel, inhuman and brutal acts, atrocities and other
offenses against certain American, British and other Allied POWs.
Verdict: 1 year confinement at hard labor
Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: Record is legally sufficient to
sustain the findings and sentence of the commission. From the evidence
the guilt of the accused is established. There is no evidence that the
accused was not sane at the time the alleged aacts were committed.
Reviewing Authority: Paul E. Spurlock, Reviewer, Judge Advocate Section
Prosecution Arguments: 1. Accused beat a prisoners with hands, fists
and a bamboo stick without explanation. 2. Accused was "one of the
guards who beat prisoners" regularly, "perhaps once or twice
Defense Arguments: 1. Was instructed that errant prisoners could be sent
to the office or, if they "did any violent act toward them, they
would be allowed to strike them in self protection." 2. He slapped
a prisoner in three instances: twice when prisoner failed to heed his
orders and once when prisoner was laughing at him.
Judge Advocate's Recommendations: