Japan's Infamous Unit 731: First-hand Accounts of Japan's Wartime Human Experimentation Program


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Japan’s Infamous Unit 731: First-hand Accounts of Japan’s Wartime Human Experimentation Program


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This is a riveting and disturbing account of the medical atrocities performed in and around Japan during WWII.

Some of the cruelest deeds of Japan’s war in Asia did not occur on the battlefield, but in quiet, antiseptic medical wards in obscure parts of China. Far from front lines and prying eyes, Japanese doctors and their assistants subjected human guinea pigs to gruesome medical experiments in the name of science and Japan’s wartime chemical and biological warfare research.

Author Hal Gold draws upon a wealth of sources to construct a portrait of the Imperial Japanese Army’s most notorious medical unit, giving an overview of its history and detailing its most shocking activities. The book presents the words of former unit members themselves, taken from remarks they made at a traveling Unit 731 exhibition held in Japan in 1994-95. They recount vivid first-hand memories of what it was like to take part in horrific experiments on men, women and children, their motivations and reasons why they chose to speak about their actions all these years later.

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Dimensions 133 × 203 mm

Hal Gold

Author Bio

Hal Gold (1929-2009) was a writer, journalist and historian who was a resident of Kyoto for over 30 years. He wrote many books, essays and articles on Japanese history and culture including Japan in a Sake Cup, Neutral War, the translation From Shanghai to Shanghai: The War Diary of an Imperial Japanese Army Medical Officer and several articles on turn-of-the-century Kyoto development. Yuma Totani is Professor of modern Japanese history at the University of Hawaii. She authored The Tokyo War Crimes Trial: The Pursuit of Justice in the Wake of World War II, and Justice in Asia and the Pacific, 1945-1952: Allied War Crimes Prosecutions, as well as co-authored with David Cohen The Tokyo War Crimes.



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