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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: Kimura, Yukinaga, Umeda/Umoda PW Camp, Osaka, Japan

Docket No./ Date: 159/ April 17-18, 1947, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: Violation of the laws and customs of war: 1. Did willfully and unlawfully mistreat and abuse PWs (spec 1,2,5,9,10)

Specifications: beating using a club; kicking

Verdict: 7 years CHL

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: Accused beat PWs with a club; these beatings followed without provocation mentioned or despite other Japanese telling the accused that a PW was not responsible for violations of the rules or for actual violations of the rules (drinking, not having a hat on straight).

Reviewing Authority: Denied all charges.

Prosecution Arguments: There are no errors or irregularities which injuriously affect any substantial rights of the accused; there is no evidence that the accused was not sane at the alleged time of the offenses or at the time of trial. There is sufficient competent evidence in the record to support the findings and sentence of the Commission.

Defense Arguments: Paul E. Spurlock, Reviewer

Judge Advocate's Recommendations: No Comment Made


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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