UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center
Home > WWII Pacific Theater > Document Archives > Yokohama Reviews
World War II Pacific Theater Case Synopses from Judge Advocate's Reviews Yokohama Class B and C War Crimes Trials
Defendant: Kita, Takeo, Sergeant Major, Japanese Imperial Army, Fukuoka POW Camp No. 3, Kyushu, Japan

Docket No./ Date: 53/ May 1 - 28, 1947, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: Violation of the Laws and Customs of War: 1. Did unlawfuly disregard and fail to discharge his duty as Sergeant Major at said camp to control and restrain the members of his command and persons under his supervision and control by permitting them to mistreat and torture PWs. 2. Did willfully and unlawfully, brutally mistreat, abuse and torture PWs.

Specifications: beating using hands, fists, stick, rifle; water torture; burning using cigarettes

Verdict: 15 years CHL

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations:

Reviewing Authority:

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments:

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

© Copyright 2007 UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center