Punishment / Sentencing

Yamashita Doomed; President Rejects Plea for Clemency News Article

Reports that President Truman refused to consider Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita's plea for clemency and that he will therefore be executed. Includes the fact that newsmen will be barred from the hanging and that the day and time of the event will be kept secret. Other news items discussed include the increased personnel investigating Japanese war crimes and the charges being brought against Kiyoichi Mori, Tsuyoshi Sakai, and Nubuo Kanayama for their trial before the Eighth Army military commission in Yokohama.

Yamashita Trial Legal; Fate Up To MacArthur News Article

Reports on the United States Supreme Court decision that the trial of Lt. Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita was legal. Gives the details of the courts decision as well as the charges Yamashita was tried for in Manila. Other news wire pieces include: "Keenan Sees Baking in Court Action: Ruling on Yamashita 'Helpful,' Says Chief of Prosecution Staff" and "British Prosecution Staff Arrives in Tokyo."

Jap Ex-Consul at Mukden is Heard at Trial News Article

Reports on the testimony of Morito Morishima, former assistant Japanese counsel general at Mukden, at the Tokyo war crimes trial regarding the Kwantung army's actions in Manchuria. Also reports that Yosuchi Kimura, former civilian guard at the Omori POW camp was sentenced to five years of hard labor.

Ex-GI's Won't Testify So Jap Criminals Go Free News Article

Reports on the assertion by Col. D. M. Dunn, acting chief of the war crimes branch of the war department's civil affairs division, that accused Japanese war criminals are "being acquitted or are escaping with light sentences because American former servicemen are reluctant to cross the Pacific to testify at the trials."

War Criminal Given Five Years in Prison News Article

Reports on the sentencing to five years of hard labor for Yosuchi Kimura, former civilian guard at Omori prisoner of war camp, by the Eighth Army Tribunal at Yokohama. Also announces the upcoming trial of three more accused Japanese. Other news items reported on include the hanging of 9 Japanese in Singapore for wartime atrocities and the charges against Koju Tsuda for the death of Cpl. James L. Scott of the British army.


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