Defendant: Kawasaki, Iwao, Sergeant, imperial Army of Japan, POW Camp
No. 3, Kokuro, Fukuoka, Japan
Docket No./ Date: 37/June 3-10, 946, 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 and Allied POWs.
Verdict: 25 year confinement at hard labor adjudged by commission/ 15
years confinement approved by Lt. Gen. Eichelberger, JAG
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: Cyril D. Hill, Lt. Colonel, Assistant Staff Judge
Prosecution Arguments: POWs were beaten with hands, "sticks, clubs
and rifle butts for no reason at all. This was a daily affair. In some
cases, men were beaten for violating camp orders." Other affidavits
presented by prosecution presented Kawasaki as committing these beatings
for "minor" offenses.
Judge Advocate's Recommendations: Sentence of the accused was shortened
by 10 years by Allan R. Browne, Lt. Colonel, JAGD, the reviewer of the
reviewer. He stated that since the "accused was found guilty of only
three of the five specifications of which he was charged" and because
"no deaths or permanent injuries are included," only 15 of the
25 years adjudged should be approved.