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on 5 February 1999
A sad episode in human history, this book details the inhuman and sadistic human experimentations perpetrated by the Japanese military, primarily on the populace of China. The evil deeds included vivisection, freezing human subjects to study frostbites, and spreading airborne biological agents to target populations. A clear indictment of Japanese military which lost its accountability to its government and the people, as it had happened in Nanking, China.
While I was reading this book, I was also reading "77 Samurai" by Lewis Bush, which is about Japan's first embassy to the United States. The two books presented interesting contrasts. "77 Samurai" gave a portrayal of Japanese people who were ready to open their doors to the outside world, after a self-imposed seclusion of 250 years, eager to learn everything they could. Less than one hundred years later, they were embarking on their conquest of China, Korea, and Souteast Asia with wanton disregard of human lives, as detailed in this book. These two books present the benevolent and the evil sides of human race. The question is, how can the same people act so differently and are the rest of us any different?
The books contains many first-hand accounts from the participants of the experiments in Unit 731, which lends the book much credibility.
Disturbing contents but very well written. A great read!