Tokyo Damage Report

unit 731 walking tour scheduled for april

A lot of folks were cool enough to tell me the news: Tokyo government  is going to finally dig up the bones buried after WW2 by Unit 731-affiliated medical war-crimes guys near Waseda.

There is a grass-roots activist group which does a "walking tour" that takes people around and shows them where the war-crimes and medical experiments were carried out. I went on one of their walking tours 3 years ago and it was very informative and depressing.

(I translated their pamphlet here).

They sent me an email –  it turns out they're DOING ANOTHER WALKING TOUR THIS APRIL, and YOU SHOULD GO ON IT.

Anyway here is the email (translated from Japanese):
Hello! This is Torii from the Human Bones Investigation Committee. Thank you for introducing our “Field Walk” to your foreign readers.
We have linked to your page. If it is inconvenient, please let us know.

By the way, on April 3d at 12:45, we are meeting at ookubo JR station, to do another “Field Walk” – this time we will go to the place where poison gas was made, as well as to the place where bones were discovered.
There you have it – April 3d, 12:45, Ookubo station, north exit. 500 yen. Right in time for the excavation of the bones of the victims of heinous war-crimes.
The field walk will be in all Japanese, so if you don't speak nihongo, bring a native pal who wants to learn the history they didn't get in school.
Please forward this announcement to your friends as well.
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3 Comments so far

  1. Jamie February 26th, 2011 3:46 am

    I live in Okubo. The skeletons aren't just in the closet, they're also under my feet.
    The Economist is also reporting on this at the moment: Deafening Silence 
    Their picture of Toyo Ishii is also brilliant!

  2. Spam From Japan February 26th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the info. I doubt I'd have found out about this on any other Jblog. Now to decide whether to go or not… it sounds horrific, but worth hearing about.

  3. DM March 1st, 2011 9:28 pm

    Oh nuts. I'll be in Kyushu on the 3rd and only reaching Tokyo on the 8th… Sigh.

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