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Parent PW Camp Head Ignored Rules News Article
Language English
Collection C.W.J. Phelps Collection
Box Box 2
Folder Second Phelps Scrap Book
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
PW Camp Head Ignored Rules Jap Government Made Own Rules for Treatment YOKOHAMA (AP) – Col. Kanawa Sakaba, former commandant of Tokyo area prisoner of war camps, told a U. S. military commission the Japanese ignored international rules for the treatment of internees. “We did not recognize the laws of the Geneva Convention but the Japanese government made its own rules and regulations as to the treatment of prisoners of war,” he said. Eight Japanese are on trial on war crimes charges. One of three defendants before another tribunal said the only reason he slapped Allied prisoners “was for their own good.” “Although it was illegal for guards to strike prisoners, I overlooked his regulation of few times,” said Koyogo Yumita.