Punishment / Sentencing

Study in Emotion News Clipping

Newspaper photograph from the Signal Corps with the caption: "Study in Emotion. Hearing an Eighth Army tribunal's guilty verdict against their son and husbands, convicted as war criminals, these women are not entirely successful in the Japanese practice of masking true emotions. Spectators in the Yokohama District Court as the commission hands down the sentence are, left to right: The mother-in-law of Tarao Sato, civilian guard at Camp Kawasaki, sentenced to eight years imprisonment on charges of beating and kicking prisoners of war; Sato's wife; and the wife of Keizo Suzuki, former medical aid at the camp, given a 16-year sentence for beating prisoners and failure to provide proper medical attention to the sick."

Ex-Nippon Army Man Sentenced by Court News Article

Reports that Lt. Col. Tashiro Kamino was sentenced by a Tokyo provost court to a "year's imprisonment and a fine of ¥5,000 for withholding information, making false statements, and destroying evidence about air crashed and war crimes." Gives details about the charges brought against Kamino. Also reports on the charging of two former prison camp guards "with the brutal beatings of 25 known American prisoners of war." Their trial was to be held in Yokohama. Other charges were brought against Hideji Nakamura, Lt. Col. Royichi Tozuka, Tokizo Makita and Hisaki Itai. Article gives specific details about their supposed actions and committed atrocities (that predominantly took place in the Philippines arena).

Atrocities Convict Total of 108 Japs News Article

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."
1946CE Jul 31st

2 More Convicted for PW Atrocities News Article

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

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

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.


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