Confessions of Japanese war criminals
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.