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Item title: Letter regarding courts-martial
Title (romaji): Gunpô kaigi ni kansuru shokan
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM 82 2/330)
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AJRP details
AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: AWM 82 captured Japanese documents
AJRP sub-series: Post-surrender Rabaul material received from HQ 8 Military District
AJRP folder:
Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM 82 2/330
Inst. series: AWM 82
Inst. sub-series: 2/- Post-surrender material received from HQ 8 Military District (Rabaul)
Item: 2/330
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 5 pages, handwritten in ink
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Correspondence
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 23/4/1946
Conflict code: Post-war (related to WW2)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Tôma (9th) Group
Names: ÔTA, Lt Col; SHINOHARA, Lt Col
Sender: SHINOHARA, Lt Col
Recipient: ÔTA, Lt Col
Languages: Japanese
Area:Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Content: This item is a letter from SHINOHARA to ÔTA regarding the operation of courts-martial at Japanese camps in Rabaul. SHINOHARA questions whether it is legitimate to conduct courts-martial when the military forces are demobilised, and who has the authority to open courts-martial. He also proposes to impose a indemnity on an accused, as the sentence given by a court in Rabaul may not be upheld after repatriation. He informs ÔTA that many of his subordinates, including legal officers, have doubts about the legitimacy of courts-martial at camps and that it would be difficult to conduct fair trials under these circumstances. The above queries were initially made by Captain SEKIYAMA, a legal officer at the Tôma (9th) Group, and First Lieutenant HIRAYAMA. Both SEKIYAMA and HIRAYAMA were graduates of the law school at the University of Tokyo. SHINOHARA appears to be concerned that conducting courts-martial without clarifying accountability and legal bases could cause various problems, particularly after repatriation, due to differences between the existing military regulations and the law applied in Japan.
AWM 82 captured Japanese document details
Title: Letter regarding courts-martial
ATIS number:
Item status: Original document
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Names: ÔTA, Lt Col; SHINOHARA, Lt Col
Names (kanji ):
Sender: SHINOHARA, Lt Col
Sender (kanji):
Recipient: ÔTA, Lt Col
Recipient (kanji):
Japanese unit names: Tôma (9th) Group
Japanese unit names (romaji):Tôma (Dai 9) Shûdan
Japanese unit names (kanji)
Place of acquisition: Rabaul Area
Date of acquisition:
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