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11 Mar 2017 12:39 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

"The Japanese invasion of China during the Second Sino-Japanese war has left a strong legacy of hate and disgust among many Chinese today. Much of the atrocities committed by the Japanese are now known to most historians, but by far, the most despicable and forgotten act against humanity committed by the Imperial Japanese government was its covert biochemical weapons program. Euphemistically labelled as the "Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department" of the Imperial Japanese Army, the Japanese conducted a wide range of cruel and inhumane experiments on prisoner who were often innocent.
Under the leadership of Dr. Shiro Isshi, the department subjected 3,000-250,000 innocent men, women, and children to cruel experiments and medical procedures that were carried out by the brightest medical students and staff that Imperial Japan had to offer. In a bid to develop its own germ warfare capability, the government of Imperial Japan resorted to incredibly deprived and inhumane methods of experimentation, like infecting prisoners with virulent strains of anthrax, plague, cholera, and other diseases. These prisoners were often subject to excruciating vivisections without the use of anesthesia in order to observe the real-time effects of these deadly diseases.
Perhaps the most shocking development after the war was that the perpetrators of this heinous crime against humanity have largely escaped persecution unlike their Nazi counterparts in Europe. In a cowardly attempt to escape persecution by the Soviets, Dr. Shiro Isshi and his staff were able to trade the information obtained from their experiments with the Americans in return for immunity in the Tokyo Trials."
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jah1956 Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2017 2:22 p.m. PST

Also a fair number of POW from all of the allied forces were used some on the attempt to make a death ray no joke what was the figure for the Japanese 1 convicted of a war crime for every 60 POWs Murdered

uglyfatbloke12 Mar 2017 5:13 a.m. PST

Not even remotely close to that I think. The UK and US colluded in helping loads of criminals avoid prosecution, but hanged General Yamashita whose only crime – as far as I am aware – was to defeat Percival in Malaya/Singapore

GreenLeader12 Mar 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

3000-250,000 seems a disconcertingly wide range?

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 12:30 p.m. PST

Perhaps the worst thing is that the US eagerly anticipated getting their hands on the valuable research.

The horrible deeds committed aside, the information that could be gained from the Japanese experiments would be invaluable not only in view of the looming Cold War, but also could give insight in certain diseases and pathogens that may save lives.

What they got in the end was very disappointing, it seems some Japanese researchers mistook random sadism with research and much of what little cogent information they could find was of any real value.

Adam Savage of Mythbusters once said "The difference between science and fooling around is writing it down." Seems the Japanese were not aware of this or decided to note trivial details such as detailed physical descriptions of each infected individual and nothing more than the mention that they died. No pathology, timetable, dosage, infection type etc. Some notes seemed to obsess on trying to find diseases that would affect Chinese Asians more than Japanese Asians based on some random racial theories that the Japanese were entirely different from other Asians.

Just one more example of how the Japanese went into WWII solidly detached from reality based on a semi-religious belief that they could conquer anything the world threw at them.

Lion in the Stars12 Mar 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

Even today, there are still new-to-science superbugs crawling out of the woodwork in that area of China.

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