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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: Miyazaki, Hiroshi, Civilian Guard

Docket No./ Date: 16/ Mar. 28 - April 29, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: 1. Committed cruel, inhuman and brutal atrocities and other offenses against POWs


Verdict: 30 years confinement at hard labor

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations:

Reviewing Authority: Cyril D. Hill, Lt. Colonel, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: 1. Denied participating in mistreatment of prisoners 2.Denied appropriating supplies intended for prisoners for his own use 3. Admitted that the camp commander authorized them to strike the prisoners as a "means to give encouragement to the prisoners." Differentiated that striking did not mean beating. Stated that all the staff struck POWs 4. Admitted to slapping five or six prisoners "but only when instructed to do so."

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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