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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: Yagi, Yoshika, civilian employeee, Japanese Army

Docket No./ Date: 30/ May 6, 1946, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: 1. Committed cruel and inhuman acts and other offenses against POWs


Verdict: 15 years confinement at hard labor/ Sentence Upheld

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: Findings were all supported by prosecution testimony.

Reviewing Authority: James A. Byrum, 1st Lieutenant, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: 1. Several instances where the accused admitted to beating prisoners because that was the order given by the camp commander for violations of regulations of the camp. 2. Admitted beating one prisoner for "violation of an instruction." 3. Accused treated prisoners kindly and even refrained from carrying out orders from the camp commander to "beat them frequently."

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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