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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: Kondo, Shoogo, Civilian guard, Kawasaki POW Camp Number 5

Docket No./ Date: 27/April 11 - 24, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: 1. Willfully and unlawfully committed cruel, inhuman and brutal atrocities and other offenses against POWs


Verdict: 25 years confinement at hard labor/Sentence Upheld

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: Reviewer states that the defense amounts to a mere denial of all charges. Reviewer and those above believed sentences to be too light.

Reviewing Authority: Paul E. Spurlock, Reviewer, Judge Advocate Section

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: 1. Admitted slapping and hitting prisoners but as punishment for offenses. Admitted administering treatment of moxa and of putting a POW into confinement in the guard house but not hitting the person. 2. Did not know about any of the other incidents.

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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