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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2024 4:33 p.m. PST

"During World War II three major antagonists—the United States, Germany, and Japan—all sought to develop "horror" weapons: an atomic bomb, chemical agents, and germ or biological weapons. Japan had two atomic bomb programs, one army and one navy, and a significant chemical warfare effort—but most terrifying was the Japanese biological weapon program.

While an instructor of epidemiology at the Army Medical College in Tokyo from 1931 to 1936, Shiro Ishii strongly advocated a biological weapons program. In that period, he became famous for developing a water-purification filter that replaced the awkward boiling procedures and the use of chlorine. Reportedly, "to demonstrate the effectiveness of the ‘Ishii filter,' Ishii urinated into, then drank from its output. Army and navy chiefs attending Ishii's bizarre presentation were duly impressed."1 The device was adopted by the armed forces, and Emperor Hirohito was said to have seen it when visiting a naval ship. (Undoubtedly the Emperor did not sip filtered urine.)…"

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Choctaw05 Apr 2024 7:35 a.m. PST

Never felt an ounce of angst for our use of nuclear weapons against the barbarism of WWII Japan.

JMcCarroll05 Apr 2024 1:19 p.m. PST

As most young people of today do not realize, it was a different time!
Talking to a few vets whom were there, the Japanese were considered animals and were treated as such.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2024 3:38 p.m. PST



DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2024 7:15 p.m. PST

Amazing what how far people are willing to go…

Nine pound round07 Apr 2024 6:28 p.m. PST

Regrettably, the desire to hold Japan's leaders accountable for the crimes of the war took a back seat to the need for an ally to oppose the USSR in the Far East. In consequence, few Japanese are as deeply aware of the pattern of atrocities as their former opponents are.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2024 3:53 p.m. PST

Sadly true….


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