‘Germ war­fare’ unit names:

Asia

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A group of Ja­panese schol­ars is set to re­veal the names of the mem­bers of a Ja­panese World War II germ war­fare unit that in­fected and starved Chi­nese and al­lied POWs in a se­ries of grue­some ex­per­i­ments.

Kat­suo Nishiyama, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of Shiga Univer­sity of Med­i­cal Sci­ence in west­ern Japan, has told lo­cal me­dia his team is analysing a list of 3,607 mem­bers and plans to pub­lish it on­line to en­cour­age fur­ther his­tor­i­cal study of the unit.

“This is the first time that we see a list of the names of nearly all its mem­bers be­ing re­leased in the form of an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment,” the Mainichi Shim­bun daily quoted Nishiyama as say­ing.

Unit 731 of the Im­pe­rial Ja­panese Army was set up in Manchuria af­ter Japan formed a pup­pet state in north­east­ern China in 1931.

Its mem­bers — some of them physi­cians from Japan’s top med­i­cal uni­ver­si­ties — con­ducted hu­man ex­per­i­ments, in­ject­ing plague and other germs into their vic­tims, test­ing germ bombs, and ar­ti­fi­cially caus­ing frost­bite to vic­tims while de­priv­ing them of sleep and food. (AFP)

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