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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: Nagakura, Seizo, Supply Corporal, Fukuoka POW Camp NO. 3

Docket No./ Date: 35/ May 10-14, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: Violation of the Laws and Customs of War: 1. Did unlawfully commit cruel, inhuman acts and atrocities against American and Allied POWs


Verdict: 40 years confinement at hard labor

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: The affidavits that corroborate each other and the testimony of the accused, even had the commission found his explanations convincing, is "legally sufficient to sustain the findings and sentence of the commission."

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

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: 1. Accused did his job well. 2. Accused said that he was sometimes put into a position where there was no alternative but to strike the prisoners. When this happened, he only struck them lightly across the buttocks. These prisoners never required medical attention. 3. He did admit to striking or punishing prisoners on several occasions because they had violated the rules of the camp.

Judge Advocate's Recommendations: 1. Concerning the affidavits, the opinion of this reviewer is interesting: "The facts that the prisoners, in most instances, were separated by a great distance of miles when they made their statements and could not have influenced each other, and the fact that there is a corroboration of the statements, leads one ot become strongly convinced of the truth of the matters alleged therein."

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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