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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: Ishida, Kitaro, Quartermaster Corporal at Hiroshita POW Camp

Docket No./ Date: 7/ Jan. 29, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: 1. Committing cruel and brutal atrocities against POWs


Verdict: Guilty verdict upheld/ Confinement at hard labor for 30 years

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: The Judge Advocate found that the case "so far as this record goes, indicates that there were no beatings at the Camp until Ishida arrived, that Ishida was connected with a ll of the beatings indicated in the reccord and either gave them or permitted his subordinates...to give them."

Reviewing Authority: G. R. Dougherty, Major, A.C., Acting Asst. Staff Judge Advocate

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: 1. Superior Orders 2. False identification 3. Denied abuse and mistreatment of POWs.

Judge Advocate's Recommendations:


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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