If enough time passes, the truth comes out. Perhaps that is true in this case, as we are told that the infamous work of some Japanese medical research team may finally become completely known.

Rivaled only by the work of the Nazi war machine, and Dr. Mengele, the Unit 731 experiments were carried out on a grand scale, something to be reviled, but of necessity known, so as to never be repeated while the memory lives.

The story is from the Telegraph U.K. and gives a grim picture of what the “research” was like during the time it was pursued.

The Imperial Japanese Army’s notorious medical research team carried out secret human experiments regarded as some of the worst war crimes in history.

Its scientists subjected more than 10,000 people per year to grotesque Josef Mengele-style torture in the name of science, including captured Russian soldiers and downed American aircrews.

The experiments included hanging people upside down until they choked, burying them alive, injecting air into their veins and placing them in high-pressure chambers.

Now new detail about their victims’ suffering could be revealed after the authorities in Tokyo announced plans to open an investigation into human bones thought to have come from the unit.

A new search is also due to be carried out for mass graves that may contain more victims of human experiments.

The bones are thought to be from up to 100 people and were discovered in a mass grave in 1989 during construction work.

Just as with the Nazi work of its own medical “researchers”, much denial is now shown, perhaps because the truth is too shocking for many to take in –

Unit 731 was mostly active in China, where it carried out biological, bacteriological and chemical weapons tests on civilians and prisoners of war, including Russian soldiers and Americans.

Others were subject to live vivisections, exposed to extreme cold or killed in tests in pressure chambers.

The extreme right wing in Japan refuses to accept that the unit was anything more than a sanitation team that operated behind the front-line troops while virtually nothing on its activities is mentioned in school history books. Many of the scientists involved in Unit 731 went on to have careers in politics, academia, business, and medicine.

“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,” said Tsuyoshi Amemiya, a retired military historian. “Young people don’t know and they don’t want to know.”

In less than a human lifetime, we can see how much things have changed over the planet, for today, with the communication that is available to nearly everyone, such things could never again happen – at least not on a wide scale.


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