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To U.S. marines and construction workers captured at Wake Island last December, the Japanese gave printed instructions. The rules, exactly as typed by the Japs:

1. The prisoners disobeying the following orders will be punished with immediate death.

(a) Those disobeying orders and instructions.

(b) Those showing a motion of antagonism and raising sign of opposition.

(c) Those disordering the regulations by individualism, egoism, thinking only about yourself, rushing for your goods.

(d) Those talking without permission and raising loud voices.

(e) Those walking and moving without orders.

(f) Those carrying unnecessary baggage in embarking.

(g) Those resisting mutually.

(h) Those touching boats materials, wires, electric lights, tools, switches, etc.

(i) Those climbing ladders without order,

(j) Those showing action of running away from the room or boat.

(k) Those trying to take more meal than given to them.

(1) Those using more than two blankets.

2. Since the boat is not well equipped and inside being narrow, food being scarce and poor you’ll feel uncomfortable during the short time on the boat. Those losing patience and disordering the regulations will be heavily punished for the reason of not being able to escort.

3. Be sure to finish your “Nature’s call,” evacuate the bowels and urine before embarking.

4. Meal will be given twice a day. One plate only to one prisoner. The prisoners called by the guard will gice out the meal quick as possible and honestly. The remaining prisoners will stay in their places quietly and wait for your plate. Those moving from their places reaching for your plate wihtout order will be heavily punished. Same orders will be applied in handling plates after meals.

5. Toilet will be fixed at four corners of room. The buckets and cans will be placed. When filled up a guard will appoint a prisoner. The prisoner called will take the bucketes to the center of the room. The buckets will be pulled up by derrick and be thrown away.

Toilet papers will be given.

Everyone must coperate to make the sanitary. Those being careless will be punished.

6. Navy of the Great Japanese Empire will not punish you all with death. Those obeying the rules and regulations, and believing the action and purpose of the Japanese Navy, cooperating with Japan in constructing the “New Order of Great Asia” which lead to the worlds peace will be well treated.

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