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Parent Woman Says Head Slapper is Sane Man News Article
Language English
Collection C.W.J. Phelps Collection
Box Box 2
Folder Second Phelps Scrap Book
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
Woman Says Head Slapper is Sane Man Shumei Okawa, war crimes defendant who slapped Tojo on the head in court, is not insane, according to a Japanese woman interviewed by Jiji Press service. Okawa, who was called “mentally sick” by Chief Justice Webb in excusing him from the prisoners docket, is in a Tokyo hospital. Mrs. Nami Ohashi, a hotel operator, told Jiji that Okawa used to patronize a “machiai” formerly owned by her, and that she has observed him and thinks he is not mentally deranged. She alleges that it was not unusual for Okawa to hit a man on the head as far back as 15 or 16 years ago. According to Jiji, Mrs. Ohashi may be a witness at the war crimes trials.