Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-45, and the American Cover-Up

Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-45, and the American Cover-Up

Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-45, and the American Cover-Up

Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-45, and the American Cover-Up

Synopsis

This book is a controversial investigation into the activities of the Japanese scientists, who conducted biological warfare experiments during World War 2, and the subsequent US cover-up.

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Japan’s unconditional surrender to the United Nations in mid-August 1945 marked the end of active fighting in World War II. One half-century later reverberations from the most horrific war of the twentieth century still shock generations born in the post-war era. Former war criminals, now elderly men living in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and elsewhere are still being discovered and charged with executing heinous crimes against humanity. In Germany, the nation is constantly reminded of the unspeakable horrors committed by the Nazis during their twelve-year reign over a nation that once produced a Beethoven, a Schiller and a Goethe.

Curiously, the Japanese, unlike the Germans, do not confront the reality of the actions perpetrated by their militaristic leaders before and during World War II. The horrors of the 1937 rape of Nanking, the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of Korean and Filipino young women as “comfort women” (sex slaves) for Japanese troops, and the use of humans by scientists in experiments designed to develop viable chemical and biological warfare weapons are not discussed in most Japanese circles.

Over the past half-century, Japan witnessed changes in government leadership many times. Not one of the various prime ministers or their spokesmen repudiated the actions of the past. Until recently, no one in power even apologized for their country’s wartime misdeeds. The powerful and reactionary bureaucrats who run Japan’s Ministry of Education turned these actions into non-events. This ministry’s minions excise any mention of Nanking, comfort women or biological warfare from texts before they are approved for use in Japanese schools. Consequently, the average Japanese citizen today is ignorant of his country’s past brutality.

Here and there an isolated voice attempts to rouse the nation. In the 1980s Sei-ichi Morimura shocked the nation with his novel, The Devil’s Gluttony, which described in realistic detail Japan’s biological warfare research on humans. Professor Kei-ichi Tsuneishi is devoting his professional career to outlining the history of Japanese biological warfare activities. In the early 1990s the Citizens’ Committee for the Exhibit of Unit 731 Crimes mounted an exhibition detailing Japan’s biological warfare research.

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