Japan and weapons of mass destruction

Japan And Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Japan and weapons of mass destruction

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The nation of Japan conducted numerous experiments in an attempt to acquire weapons of mass destruction before and during World War II, but now has ceased production and abandoned experiments.

It remains the only country to have been attacked by an atomic weapon, which was by the United States in 1945.

Bioweapons

During the Sino-Japanese War and World War II, Unit 731 and other Special Research Units of the Imperial Japanese Army conducted human experimentation on thousands, mostly Chinese, Korean, Russian, American and other nationalities as well as some Japanese criminals from the Japanese mainlands. In military campaigns, the Japanese army used biological weapons on Chinese soldiers and civilians.

This employment was largely viewed as ineffective, due to inefficient delivery systems. However, information has surfaced in the last decade, which alleges a more active Japanese usage. For example, firsthand accounts testify the Japanese infected civilians through the distribution of plague-infested foodstuffs, such as dumplings and vegetables.

There are also reports of contaminated water supplies. Such estimates report over 580,000 victims, largely due to plague and cholera outbreaks. In addition, repeated seasonal outbreaks after the conclusion of the war bring the death toll much higher.

During Changde chemical weapon attack attacks, the Japanese also employed biological warfare by intentionally spreading cholera, dysentery, typhoid, bubonic plague, and...
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