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Japan's Infamous Unit 731

First-hand Accounts of Japan's Wartime Human Experimentation Program

Hal Gold Yuma Totani



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Tuttle Publishing
01 December 2019
Asian history; Genocide & ethnic cleansing; Second World War; War crimes
Series: Tuttle Classics
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.
By:   Hal Gold, Yuma Totani
Imprint:   Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 133mm, 
ISBN:   9780804852197
ISBN 10:   0804852197
Series:   Tuttle Classics
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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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