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Atrocities Convict Total of 108 Japs News Article

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Article from the Pacific Stars and Stripes that reports on the sentencing of 54 Japanese to death and the sentencing of another 54 to various terms of imprisonment by the Manila trial. Describes the atrocities for which the defendants were convicted of committing. Also reports that "atrocity investigations under Col. Alva C. Carpenter, who fills a dual position as chief both of the Manila and Tokyo legal section offices, have been conducted in every Philippine Island, Borneo, and Celebes" and that more trials are expected. Gives figures for those killed and details on "one of the worst atrocity incidents on record" that "took place at the Puerto Princessa Camp on Palawan."
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1946CE Jul 31st

Yamashita Says 'Not Guilty' at Manila Hearing News Article

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Reports on the plea of "not guilty" entered by Lt. Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita before an American military commission of five generals in Manila, Philippine Islands. The prosecution quickly declared that they would seek "the death penalty for the man whose nickname is 'Tiger of Malaya.'" The article describes Yamashita's dress and the use of American translators during the proceedings. Col. Harry E. Clarke served as his court appointed counsel. The article closes with the atrocities Yamashita was charged with committing.

2 More Convicted for PW Atrocities News Article

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Reports on the convictions and sentencing of Yoshio Kameoka (civilian interpreter at the Narumi prisoner-of-war camp near Nagoya) and Lt. Takeharu Hirata (former commandant of Fukuoka Prisoner of War Camp No. 23). Also reports on the admittance of Vice-Admiral Naomasa Sakonji and 21 other suspected Japanese war criminals to Sugamo prison. Lists the atrocities the individuals were charged with committing.

Eichelberger Upholds Jap's Jail Sentence News Article

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Reports that Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger of the Eighth Army ruled the plea for a suspended sentence for Japanese Major Yaichi Rikitake "inadequate" and ordered the 15 years of imprisonment sentence carried out. Rikitake was "convicted for failing to provide adequate medical care for prisoners of war at his camp [Fukuoka Prison Camp No. 3], which resulted in the death of several of them."

25 Year Sentence Cut to 20 by Eichelberger News Article

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Reports that for the first time, Lieut. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger of the Eighth Army, reversed a ruling of "guilty" to "not guilty" for one count charged against Sgt. Shigeo Akamatsu. As a result, Akamatsu's sentence was reduced from 25 years to 20 years for his actions. Also reports on the other 26 suspected war criminals who were admitted to Sugamo prison between June 4 and June 10.

Slaughter of Yanks by Japs on Sub Told News Article

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Reports on the atrocity committed by the crew of a Japanese submarine on July 2, 1944 as disclosed by the War Department's War Crimes Branch. Seventy-six U. S. seamen "were slaughtered" according to the report. The article closes with the fact that one of the seaman escaped by posing as a diplomat and that "he has supplied investigators with identity of the submarine and crew. A War Department spokesman said the perpetrators would be brought to trial in Japan soon."

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