Japan unearths site linked to human experiments

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Japan unearths site linked to human experiments

Post by Strawberry on Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:24 am

Former Tokyo medical school site is linked to Unit 731, branch of imperial army which used prisoners in germ warfare programme

Authorities in Japan have begun excavating the former site of a medical school that may contain the remains of victims of the country's wartime biological warfare programme.

The school has links to Unit 731, a branch of the imperial Japanese army that conducted lethal experiments on prisoners as part of efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction.

The Japanese government has previously acknowledged the unit's existence but refused to discuss its activities, despite testimony from former members and growing documentary evidence. In 2002 a Japanese court said Tokyo was under no obligation to compensate victims.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/21/japan-excavates-site-human-experiments
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