China Plans Tours of World War II Japanese Biowarfare Lab

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Global Security Newswire Staff
July 8, 2014, 8:56 a.m.

China plans next year to be­gin al­low­ing vis­its to a bio­lo­gic­al- and chem­ic­al-war­fare fa­cil­ity used by Ja­pan dur­ing World War II, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ports.

A pro­ject man­ager on Monday said the move would show­case the of­ten-fatal hu­man ex­per­i­ments once con­duc­ted by Ja­pan­ese sci­ent­ists at the site, loc­ated in the Chinese city of Har­bin. Crews are now ex­cav­at­ing the labor­at­ory, which hos­ted re­search by a Ja­pan­ese army unit that spe­cial­ized in de­vel­op­ing bio­lo­gic­al and chem­ic­al agents for use in com­bat.

“We will try to open it to the pub­lic around the 70th an­niversary of vic­tory in the anti-Ja­pan­ese War,” said Jin Cheng­min, cur­at­or of the Mu­seum of Evid­ence of War Crimes by Ja­pan­ese Army Unit 731.

The labor­at­ory op­er­ated in secrecy between its 1935 launch and its de­struc­tion a dec­ade later, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua. Ja­pan­ese troops de­mol­ished the fa­cil­ity in an­ti­cip­a­tion of its cap­ture by in­vad­ing So­viet forces, the Chinese state-run news ser­vice re­por­ted.

The site’s re­search was re­spons­ible for the death of more than 10,000 people, Xin­hua said. The in­di­vidu­als who died in ex­per­i­ments re­portedly in­cluded non­com­batants and cap­tured mil­it­ary per­son­nel from China, the So­viet Uni­on, the Korean Pen­in­sula and Mon­go­lia.


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