Order Telling Guards to
Flee to Avoid Prosecution for War Crimes
Order to Kill All POWs

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N.B. The Japanese had plans to murder all prisoners starting (
link) in September of 1945

 Exhibit "J" - The order authorizing brutal guards and commanders to flee
Source:
NARA, War Crimes, Japan, RG 24, Box 2011
click for 300 dpi imagePage One of authorization for Guards to flee because of mistreatment of POWs
Dated 20 Aug 1945, 5 days after the surrender. For larger image, 72 dpi, 72 Kb file, click on image
Translation of Exhibit "J"

Complete text as submitted for trial.

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click for 300 dpi imagePage Two of authorization for Guards to flee because of mistreatment of POWs
Dated 20 Aug 1945, 5 days after the surrender. For larger image, 72 dpi, 87 Kb file, click on image
Doc 2701, Exhibit "O" - The order to murder all the POWs
Source:
NARA, War Crimes, Japan, RG 24, Box 2015
While some claim the author of this "policy memorandum" from the war ministry did not have the authority to issue order such an order, this "policy" was transmitted to every POW Command and POW prison camp commander. Other documents in this same file show that input of suggestion for the "Methods to dispose of the POWS" had been solicited from all commands in the preceding months. Per Toru Fukubayashi: "It appears that the Japanese Army did have a policy to kill all the POWs if Allied Forces landed on Japanese home islands. Some argue that there are few materials to prove that this policy existed. However, Mr. Yamashita, who was the commander of Iruka Branch Camp (Nagoya No.4) in Mie Prefecture, told me in 1998 that ideas about how to kill the POWs had been discussed among the principal members of the branch camp."
clcik for 300 dpi imagePage 1 of the War Ministry's order for the disposition (murder) of all POWs. For larger image, 72 dpi, 80 Kb file, click on image
Date of order: 1 Aug 1944

 Translation of Exhibit "O"

Applicable text as submitted for trial.
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Date of order: 1 Aug 1944