|This was the only picture that was not NSFW about Unit 731. This building is currently open to visitors.|
Ever heard of Unit 731? Well, Unit 731 was a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that undertook lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) and World War II (quoting Wikipedia).
You may have heard of human medical experimentation by the Nazi's during World War II : Angel of Death, dissecting twins, injecting chemicals into prisoners, and so on. However, the Japanese during the wartime took a big step further into hell : vivisection.
Human vivisection refers to dissecting a live human without anesthesia. Japanese doctors in these facilities thought that dissecting human body after death would not give the best results due to decomposition. Anesthesia was also not used for similar reasons. Vivisection took place after various procedures, such as infecting prisoners with diseases, shooting them with new weapons, or injecting/cutting/sewing random things and body parts on and off their bodies. The infected and vivisected prisoners included men, women, children, pregnant women, and infants.
You haven't been creeped out yet? Let's go deeper into details. They cut out people's limbs to study blood loss. They tried cutting both arms and swapping. They froze prisoners' limbs and either amputate them, or dip the frozen limbs in hot water to study frostbites. Some prisoners had their stomach cut out and the esophagus attached directly to the intestines. They did weapon testings, like grenades, flame throwers, explosives and germ-releasing bombs. They hung prisoners upside down to see how long it would take them to die. They put prisoners in centrifuges and spun them to death. They put prisoners in high-pressured chambers and crushed them to death. They put prisoners in an air-tight chamber and sucked the air out of the chamber until the prisoner basically popped inside out of every orifice. Plague, cholera, smallpox, botulism, anthrax, typhoid, fleas... the list goes on and on and on! Just Google 'Unit 731' and you can find all kinds of grotesque pictures and information.
Countless Chinese and Korean citizens were brutally killed in Unit 731, as did many Allied POWs. So these doctors were swiftly put on war trials and killed, right?
After Imperial Japan surrendered to the Allies in 1945, Douglas MacArthur became the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, rebuilding Japan during the Allied occupation. MacArthur secretly granted immunity to the physicians of Unit 731 in exchange for providing America, but not the other wartime allies, with their research on biological warfare. American occupation authorities monitored the activities of former unit members, including reading and censoring their mail. The U.S. believed that the research data was valuable. The U.S. did not want other nations, particularly the Soviet Union, to acquire data on biological weapons.And the government of Japan has been largely denying the activities of Unit 731, though they have acknowledged the existence of Unit 731 during the wartime. Today, however, this popped up in Korean media networks.
"New evidence that Japan's Unit 731 conducted germ warfare during World War II and infected 25,900 people was revealed via a top secret document.
An NGO in Japan called "Organization to find the truth about Unit 731" announced that they had discovered a top secret document regarding Unit 731 from the Congressional Library of Japan.
According to this document, Unit 731 produced and used germ weapons during 1940~1942 and infected 25,946 people. This document was written by a Japanese Army Surgeon who worked in Unit 731, and has detailed information on the locations, dates, amount of germ weapons used, and the number of people infected by stage.
The organization had a press conference and urged the Japanese government to release more information on this matter. Germ warfare was not brought up during the War Crimes Tribunal after World War II, and Japanese government never admitted having done germ warfare." Source : 731부대 극비문서 발견…"세균전으로 2만6천명 피해자"
After a certain point, it's hard to be objective about matters like this. Denying the existence of Unit 731, denying the severity of Comfort Women, territorial disputes with Korea, naval territory disputes with Korea, same things with Russia... Germany dealt directly with the past fault during the Nazi regime, but Japan seems to think that if they pretend it didn't exist, people will just skip over it. Why?