Dispatches: Baring the Shame

Baring the Shame

IN 1943 AS A BRIGHT-EYED 14-YEAR-OLD, AKIRA OGASAWARA JOINED THE JAPANESE army, partly because the recruiters promised him a ride in an airplane. Instead of getting his flight, he was assigned to a secret medical unit that performed experiments on prisoners in Manchuria. Now 65 and a construction worker, he is still tormented by the memory of his two years with Unit 731 as it worked on developing a "germ bomb," which Tokyo hoped would help win World War II. "I myself did not put any prisoner under the knife," he tells a mostly middle-aged audience of about 50 people at...

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