Order authorizing Japanese guards to flee to avoid prosecution for war crimes

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The following is an exact re-type of a faded copy of Document 2697, located at the United States National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD. Copy was found in File #2011 of the War Crimes Records. Note that while it is Doc #2697, it is certified as Exhibit "J" in Doc. No. 2687 and referred to as Exhibit "J" in the affidavit of James Thomas Nehemiah Cross.  [Record Group 238 Box 2011]

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Document No. 2697
(Certified as Exhibit "J" in Doc. No. 2687)

TO: Chief of Staff, Taiwan Army

FROM: Chief Prisoner of War Camps Tokyo
POW Camps Radio #9 Top Military Secret.
20 August 1945

Personnel who mistreated prisoners of war and internees or who are held in extremely bad sentiment by them are permitted to take care of it by immediately transferring or by fleeing without trace. Moreover, documents which would be unfavorable for us in the hands of the enemy are to be treated in the same way as secret documents and destroyed when finished with.

Addressees: Korean Army, Taiwan Army, Kwantung (Manchuria) Army, North China Area Army, Hong Kong. (YOSHIOKA, Nadaji) [penciled in]
Reference [penciled in] Chiefs of Staff -- Korea, Taiwan, Mukden, Borneo, North China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaya, Java.
Each POW Camp Commanding Officer.

I hereby certify that this is a true translation from Taiwan Army H.Q. Staff Files concerning POW's. Vol. 7.

Signed: Stephen H. Green

This is Exhibit marked "J", referred to in the Affidavit of JAMES THOMAS NEHEMIAH CROSS.

Sworn before me this 19th day of September, 1946.
/s/ P. A. L. Vine
Major R. M.