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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: Yamamoto, Seijiro, Civilian Guard, Hakodate PW Camp 2-B, Akahira, Hokkaido, Japan

Docket No./ Date: 57/June 9-19, 1947, Yokohama, Japan

Charge: Violation of the laws and customs of war: 1. Did willfully and unlawfully mistreat and abuse numerous allied PWs by refusing to issue adequate food for their subsistence 2. Did willfully and unlawfully misappropriate Red Cross food supplies furnished and intended for the use of PWs.

Specifications: refusing to issue adequate food; misappropriating Red Cross supplies

Verdict: Not Guilty

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations:

Reviewing Authority:

Prosecution Arguments: Reviewer did not discuss the case of Yamamoto because he was found "not guilty" of all charges.

Defense Arguments:

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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