General Shiro Ishii performing vivisection on a prisoner of Unit 731.
Vivisection is the practice of performing operations on living beings for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research. Vivisection was performed in Unit 731 without anesthesia to study the operations of living systems. It was performed on thousands of victims, mostly Chinese communist prisoners as well as children and elderly farmers. They were infected with diseases such as cholera and the plague, and then had their organs removed for examination before they died in order to study the effects of the disease without decomposition after death.
Subjects that were used to study the progress of gangrene had their limbs amputated and reattached to the other side of the body while others had their limbs crushed or frozen, or had their circulation cut off. After the body was used up and exhausted, they were normally shot or killed by lethal injection.
Unit 731- The Forgotten Asian Auschwitz
The Japanese invasion of China during the Second Sino-Japanese war has left a strong legacy of hate and disgust among many Chinese today. Much of the atrocities committed by the Japanese are now known to most historians. By far, the most despicable and forgotten act against humanity committed by the Imperial Japanese government was its covert biochemical weapons program. Euphemistically labelled as the "Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department" of the Imperial Japanese Army, the Japanese conducted a wide range of cruel and inhumane experiments on prisoners who were often innocent.
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