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Document No. 2701 Page 1
(Certified as Exhibit "O" in Do. No. 2687)
From the Journal of the Taiwan POW Camp H.Q. in Taihoku,
entry 1 August 19(44?)
1. (Entries about money, promotions of Formosans at Branch
camps, including promotion of Yo Yuteku to 1st C1 Keibiin
- 5 entries)
2. The following answer about the extreme measures for
POW's was sent To the Chief of Staff of the 11th Unit
(Formosa POW Security No. 10).
3. "Under the present situation if there were a mere
explosion or fire a shelter for the time being could be
had in nearby buildings such as the school, a warehouse,
or the like. However, at such time as the situation became
urgent and it be extremely important, the POW's will be
concentrated and confined in their present location and
under heavy guard the preparation for the final disposition
will be made.
The time and method of the disposition are as follows:
(1) The Time.
Although the basic aim is to act under superior orders,
individual disposition may be made in the following circumstances:
(a) When an uprising of large numbers cannot be suppressed
without the use of firearms.
(b) When escapees from the camp may turn into a hostile
(2) The Methods.
(a) Whether they are destroyed individually or in groups,
or however it is done, with mass bombing, poisonous smoke,
poisons, drowning, decapitation, or what, dispose of them
as the situation dictates.
(b) In any case it is the aim not to allow the escape
of a single one, to annilhilate
them all, and not to leave any traces.
(3) To: The Commanding General The Commanding General
of Military Police
Reported matters conferred on with the 11th Unit, the
Kiirun Fortified Area H.Q., and each prefecture concerning
the extreme security in Taiwan POW Camps."
3. (The next entry concerns the will of a deceased POW)