Unit 731 Experiments To Be Studied Through Bones
February 17, 2010
The bones could give new insight into the various medical experiments conducted on non-Japanese Asians, Russians and Americans in the last days of WWII.
The government found the bones in a mass grave after a nurse who had been ordered to help bury a large number of bodies in anticipation of Allied interference pointed them in the right direction.
The bodies were discovered under what is now an apartment complex, and are believed to have come from around 100 people.
The majority of known experiments were related to live vivisection, chemical and biological warfare, exposure to extreme temperature, and death by pressure chamber.
The extreme Right in Japan has long since denied this, claiming the accusations are political manipulations, and refusing to teach about Unit 731 in schools.
“Most people do not believe it even happened; the rest just want to cover it up and forget about what Japan did during the war,” historian Tsuyoshi Amemiya explains.
“Young people don’t know and they don’t want to know.”
The bones that are being examined show proof of the known experiments, as well as marks from what appear to be saws, drills, and with various parts of the skull removed.