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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: Kamayama, Nubuo, only enlisted man, Second in command under two other defendants

Docket No./ Date: 12/ Mar. 5-13, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: 1. Committing atrocities against POWs 2. Command Responsibility


Verdict: Confinement at hard labor for 20 years/ Setence upheld

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: He was in charge when commandant was absent and he knew, or should have knonwn that the beatings and atrocities were taking place in the camp.

Reviewing Authority: Reviewer, Judge Advocate Section

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: 1. Striking POWs ws strictly forbidden, so he did not do so except in one instance. 2. Had no authority over the civilian guards at the mine and over the personnel at the dispensary. 3. Denied beating prisoners

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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