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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: Odeishi, Shigemaru, medical orderly, Fukuoka POW Camp 23

Docket No./ Date: 10/ Feb. 6, 1946, unclear place of trial, but assumed to be Yokohama, Japan in such cases

Charge: 1. Did wilfully and unlawfully commit, cruel, inhuman and brutal atrocities against certain American Prisoners of War


Verdict: Confinement at hard labor for 10 years/ Sentence upheld by the Judge Advocate

Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: There was no evidence to indicate that any of these beatings were given under the orders of a superior; most of the beatins appeared to be the consequence of the whim and caprice of the accused. However, two or three of them were patently intended to punish for violations of Japanese Army rules which may or may not have been known to the victim.

Reviewing Authority: G. R. Dougherty, Major, A.C., Acting Asst. Staff Judge Advocate

Prosecution Arguments:

Defense Arguments: No evidence presented by the defense

Judge Advocate's Recommendations: First case where defendant plead GUILTY to all charges and did not present a defense. Judge advocate, using prosecution's evidence, makes bald statement about beatings being whim of the accused. Was it?

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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