Japan (Tokyo War Trials)
At the Tokyo War Trials in Japan, the activities of the war criminals are examined.
During the trial of the Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, the question is raised if Tojo’s war crimes are worse than the USA dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At this point, the prosecutors order the removal of the remarks from the official trial record and the press.
The scientists of Unit 731 led by General Shiro Ishii are never tried. The unit had conducted bacteriological experiments on Chinese, Korean and American prisoners of war at Ping Fung (northern China).
The experiments included infecting people with diseases like bubonic plague (via infected rats), anthrax, typhus, typhoid (put into wells), cholera (given to children on infected rice cakes) and glanders (which cause flesh to rot and fall off). The unwilling subjects were dissected while still alive.
It is estimated that over 250,000 people died in China as a result of Japan’s biological warfare during World War II. Over 30,000 died when infected rats were released after the War ended.
The USA offers Ishii and his workers immunity from prosecution if the the results of the experiments are given to the USA rather than the USSR.
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