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:
Judge Advocate's Recommendations:
in Court in Manila.
Photo: U.S. Army, courtesy of Bob Harmon
trial records of Japanese War Criminals Tried at Yokohama,
Japan, between 1946 and 1949 is broken
into 2 sets:
reels - Records of Trials and Clemency Petitions for Accused
Japanese War Criminals Tried at Yokohama, Japan (1946-1948)
reels - Reviews of the Yokohama Class B and C war crimes
Trials by the 8th Army judge Advocate (1946-1949)
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