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Evidence in Jap Trials Assailed by Chicagoan News Article

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Reports on the commentary offered by Lt. Robert J. Collins, defense attorney representing Major Yaichi Rikitake at the Yokohama war crimes trials. Rikitake was charged with "the death of 150 allied prisoners." Collins maintained that hearsay evidence admitted through affidavit would never have been allowed in the American court system, but was being allowed at the war crimes trial. Other news items reported on include the sentencing of Isamu Ishihara for torturing American prisoners while serving as an interpreter at Shanghai prisoner camps and the execution of thirteen Japanese convicted of war crimes in Canberra, Australia.

Powell Says Shigemitsu Sought Peace News Article

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Reports on the prosecution's witness testimony of John B. Powell who stated that Mamoru Shigemitsu "did 'all he could' to restore peace in Shanghai after the outbreak of hostilities there in 1932." Powell also recounted the movements of the Chinese 19th Route Army around Shanghai after the Manchurian Incident. This was the second day of Powell's testimony for the prosecution's "All China Military Aggression Phase." On the first day he discussed the treatment of prisoners of war by the Japanese army.

Jap Abuser of Illinois Yank Gets 50 Years News Article

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Reports on the 50-year sentenced given to Lt. Miyoroku Okada ("former Nagoya prisoner of war camp commandant") by the Eighth Army commission in Yokohama. Lists the charges against him. Also states that Lt. Takeharu Hirata (former Fukuoka camp commander) will go on trial on Wednesday and that Lt. James A. Miner "was named to prosecute three Japanese officers who will be tried at Manila for war crimes in the Philippines).

Boyington Tells What 'Special Prisoners' Got News Article

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Reports on the testimony given by Lt. Col. Gregory Boyington who explained the difference between a "special prisoner" and a regular prisoner of war. He stated that "the prisoners were often confined in local jails; they were not allowed medical care; they could not take shelter during air raids; the United States Government was not notified of their capture; they received half the regular prisoner-of-war food ration, and they were not supposed to speak to regular prisoners." Boyington related how he and his cell mate, Major Donald Winser Boyle, discussed "install[ing] soda fountains in every room when they came home."

News Man Who Lost Feet as PW to Testify News Article

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Reports that John B. Powell, a newspaperman stationed in Shanghai during Japanese occupation has returned to Tokyo in order to testify to the conditions he witnessed during his time as a prisoner-of-war at the Bridge-House prison camp. He was ultimately repatriated to the United States in 1942 where he spent the following three years in a hospital as a result of the gangrene he contracted while imprisoned.

Ex-PW Camp Guard Gets Five Year Term News Article

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Reports on the sentencing of Yasushi Kimura, "former civilian guard at Omori PW camp," by the Eighth Army Headquarters in Yokohama for atrocities committed against prisoners of war. Also reports that Lt. General Robert L. Eichelberger, "Commanding General of the Eighth Army" approved the sentences of Tyunosuke Kimura, Buichi Omori, Yoshinari Minemoto, and Tokuichi Ichiba.

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