Abstract of Hiroyuki Nagatomi's Confession

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Hiroyuki Nagatomi

According to the written confession of Hiroyuki Nagatomi in February 1955, he was born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan in 1916. In 1938, he was dispatched to Wujiang County, Jiangsu Province, China as a member of Propaganda Squad in Japan's Central China Expeditionary Army. After Japan' surrender in August 1945, he took refuge in the troops of Yan Xishan, a military officer of the Kuomintang. He was captured and taken into custody in Shanxi in 1949 and he was arrested on 9 December 1950.

Major offences:

January 1938:as a student of Kokushikan University, "I saw tens of thousands of bodies, countless in fact" on the way to Xiaguan, Nanjing, and "I shot dead a captive" who jumped into the river;

April 1938:to give generals and officers a demonstration, "beheaded a captive with Japanese sword" in Wujiang County"; "raped a Chinese female. One week later when I went to Suzhou again, I took her to Wujiang and raped her for a whole week";

November 1938:in Anqing, "called a Chinese female to the administration office and raped her there"; and raped another Chinese female in a Chinese people's home the next day. In December, "raped a 16-year-old girl at night in a Chinese people's home in Anqing City";

October 1940:in Wuzhong Hotel of Suzhou City, told a clerk to bring a Chinese woman (aged around 20) and raped her once;

May 1941:"to give new recruits a lesson on hand-to-hand combat", "charged from 10 meters away and assaulted a captive";

May 1942:in mopping up Wenxi County, Shanxi Province, told the Chinese working group (Chinese traitors' group) to shoot dead those Chinese who refused to lead the way and "left their bodies on the road";

August 1942:while searching Donghao Village, Hengshui Township, Wenxi County, "beheaded 5 residents by Japanese sword in the open space outside the small north gate of Hengshui Township";

October 1942:while searching areas around Yunquan Village and Niuzhuang Village in Wenxi County, all the captured Chinese people were "killed by bayonets or rifles";

November 1942:during a mopping up operation in Wenxi County, arrested 3 soldiers of South Shanxi Field Army, who were "behead beside a well in the fields of Hengshui Township, in order to test whether the Japanese sword made by the Chinese blacksmith in the Information Section of Hengshui Township could behead people";

December 1942:in Xiayukou Village, Wenxi County, "used lances to stab on the buttocks of eight people and finally killed them"; arrested over 20 residents in Dongshandi Village, Wenxi County and "killed them brutally with Japanese swords and straw cutters" and "hanged the heads of two Chinese people publicly on the south gate";

February 1943:while mopping up the Beibaishi Village, Wenxi County, "took 15 people to a hollow area to the north of the village, then shot all of them dead with rifles". On the same day, in Gaizhai Village, "under my command", the working group (Chinese traitors' group) killed 9 people with rifles and burned the guide to death;

From October to November 1943:in Taiyue Mountains, "pushed" 6 Chinese residents "all off the mountain top to kill them"; and "drove 20 Chinese women and children in some village to a cave and burned them to death";

July 1944:when serving as the instructor of the Security Team in Huoxian County, set up a comfort station "in order to indulge the Security Team members with women and prevent their escape", "and I could satisfy my own animal desire too";

December 1944:while mopping up areas around Lijiashan, Huoxian County, arrested 3 villagers and interrogated them with torture, failing to get any information from them, "ordered the soldiers to kill them all"; killed 11 people with rifle to the south of Xixu Village;

April 1945:instructed the Security Team to take over the captives, "blindfolded 9 captives, tied their hands and shot them to death";

"During my service in the Japanese Army, in the Yan Xishan troops and in the war of liberation, I committed the following crimes: to the residents: shooting to death 88, stabbing to death 9, burying alive 2, burning to death 26, drowning 1, dropping from height and killing 6, and killing with Japanese sword or straw cutter 41; and killed 61 soldiers from the Central Army, South Shanxi Field Army and Anti-Japanese Army";

"All the crimes I committed from the start of Japan's invasion of China to Japan's surrender include: personally killed 61 Chinese people", ordered the killing of 166 people, and ordered the killing of 41 people under a superior order";

"Crime of rape in 7 cases (including 5 married women and 2 unmarried girls); established a comfort station, where Japanese soldiers and Security Team members committed three crimes of animal desire, involving 12 women; I myself raped 18 Chinese women (5 comfort women, 4 restaurant waitresses, 8 unlicensed prostitutes and a maidservant)".

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