|Parent||Woman Says Head Slapper is Sane Man News Article|
|Collection||C.W.J. Phelps Collection|
|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.