Con­fes­sions of Ja­panese war crim­i­nals

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

Edi­tor’s note: To of­fer a clearer pic­ture of his­tory, the State Ar­chives Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­leased a large num­ber of files on 45 Ja­panese war crim­i­nals who were tried and con­victed in China af­ter World War II. The spe­cial mil­i­tary tri­bunal of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court held pub­lic tri­als, sen­tenc­ing the crim­i­nals to eight-to-20 years prison term. China Daily is pub­lish­ing ab­stracts of the crim­i­nals’ con­fes­sions: Yuichi Kashi­waba

Yuichi Kashi­waba was born in Hiroshima pre­fec­ture, Ja­pan, in 1890. In 1932, Kashi­waba went to north­east China to join the War of Ag­gres­sion against China and served successively as de­tach­ment cap­tain of Hailun Mil­i­tary Po­lice and direc­torgen­eral of the Po­lice De­part­ment in Fushun City of the Manchukuo (Manchuria).

In Septem­ber 1941, Kashi­waba tracked 250 pris­on­er­la­bor­ers who fled Lao­hutai Coal Mine, bring­ing them back and killing some of them. He also ar­rested 200 to 300 in­no­cent peo­ple in­side Fushun and sent them to the moun­tains in Xingjing county, which killed some be­cause of the tough con­di­tions.

In Septem­ber 1942, Kashi­waba per­son­ally ar­ranged a spe­cial iso­la­tion area for peo­ple with dis­eases in Fushun Coal Mine, where 54 of 97 peo­ple died. Many were thrown alive into the smelt­ing fur­nace. To­rao Yoshi­fusa

To­rao Yoshi­fusa was born in 1897. Dur­ing Ja­pan’s in­va­sion of China, Yoshi­fusa was cap­tain of Dalian Mil­i­tary Po­lice and lieu­tenant of the Kanto Mil­i­tary Po­lice Head­quar­ters. He was ar­rested in Py­ongyang in Septem­ber 1945.

In June 1932, while in­vad­ing Ji’an, Yoshi­fusa or­dered ar­tillery gun­ners to open fire on civil­ians who were tak­ing refuge out­side the west gate. Dur­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion of Ji’an, Yoshi­fusa ar­rested 60 civil­ians on three oc­ca­sions and killed them all by the river­side out­side the west gate af­ter in­ter­ro­ga­tions us­ing tor­ture. In Lin­jiang, Yoshi­fusa or­dered his sub­or­di­nates to ar­rest about 90 civil­ians, who were then killed on the bank of Yalu River af­ter in­ter­ro­ga­tion with tor­ture. He claimed he sus­pected they were col­lab­o­rat­ing with anti-Ja­panese forces.

In late Septem­ber 1932, Yoshi­fusa or­dered his in­fantry to shoot 10 peo­ple dead know­ing they were only civil­ians.

In mid- Oc­to­ber 1932, Yoshi­fusa or­dered the killing of two vil­lagers be­side the river near the west gate of Ji’an.

In late Oc­to­ber 1932, while on the way from Ji’an to Tonghua, Yoshi­fusa in­structed sub­or­di­nates to shoot civil­ians who came from Tonghua for asy­lum. Ten in­no­cent peo­ple were killed.

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