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Curio & Relic
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Japan to dig site linked to WWII human experiments
TOKYO – Japan is excavating the site of a former medical school that may reveal grisly secrets from World War II.
The investigation begins Monday afternoon at the former school linked to Unit 731, a germ and biological warfare outfit during the war. Shadowy experiments conducted by the unit on war prisoners have never been officially acknowledged by the government but have been documented by historians and participants.
It is the first government probe of the Tokyo site, and follows a former nurse's revelation that she helped bury body parts there as American forces began occupying the capital at the end of the war.
Health Ministry official Kazuhiko Kawauchi said the excavation is aimed at finding out if anything is buried in the plot.
"We are not certain if the survey will find anything," Kawauchi said. "If anything is dug up, it may not be related to Unit 731."
The former nurse, Toyo Ishii, now 88, broke 60 years of silence in 2006, saying she and colleagues at an army hospital at the site were ordered to bury numerous corpses, bones and body parts during the weeks following Japan's Aug. 15, 1945, surrender before American troops arrived in the capital.
Daraclor: A brand of anti-malaria pills which we had to drink every week while on the border. Legend had it that these would make you turn yellow and that you wouldn't be able to tan.
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