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Parent Dr. OKAWA in Insane Asylum
Date 7 December 1946
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 3
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from December 1946
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
Dec 7, 1946 The year 1946 draws to a close, and there are many recollections in the International Tribunal of the Far East which started this year, and adds color to the first page of world history. One of these occurred at the opening of the trials when Dr. Okawa slapped the former General, Tojo on his head with his hand and for no apparent reason chanted a Bhuddist prayer. Later he was removed from the court room as insane, and one wonders what Dr. Okawa is doing away from the developments of the trials. His daily life as he lies gazing at the leaves being blown down by the cold wind outside his window in the west wing, room 5, of the Matsuzawa Mental Hospital, where he is striving to recover from his illness. He no longer babbles German like an insane person. He has improved greatly, and when one speaks to him alone, aside from a few instances, it is difficult to believe that this is the insane person who surprised the world. He arises in the morning at 6 or 7 o’clock, and in the evening he goes to sleep about seven. He has meals twice a day, consuming over 330 grams of rice daily. He also gets nourishment from the fruits and things from his home, and from the eggs and milk provided by the hospital. So being in good spirits continually, he spends his day reading objective books earnestly, or writing. Occasionally he says to the physician attending him, “Let me go home.” Since an electric heater has been placed in his room, even the staff of the hospital and his personal physician have not received any complaints from Dr. Okawa concerning the food and general conditions.