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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: Mori, Kiyoichi, Commandant of Hiroshima POW Branch Camp No. 6

Docket No./ Date: 12/ Mar. 5-13, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: 1. Command Responsibility


Verdict: Confinement at hard labor for 15 years/ Setence upheld

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: During Nori's command, many atrocities and inhuman beatings occurred, for which he was correctly held responsible. He either knew or, with "proper diligence," should have known what was happening.

Reviewing Authority: Reviewer, Judge Advocate Section

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: 1. Instructed civilian and soldiers (in this case, kanayama only) not to beat POWs, as was ordered by the commander of main camp. 2. Reprimanded and threatened with discharge when complaints were received about beatings of POWs. 3. Otherwise, had no knowledge of abuses or when he saw abuse, he put a stop to it immediately

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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