Isn't war Ducky?
Date: Monday, November 27 2006
Japanese veteran admits vivisection tests on PoWs
Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Monday November 27, 2006
Japan has again been forced to confront its wartime conduct after a former doctor in the country's imperial navy admitted he had conducted experiments on Filipino prisoners during the second world war.
Akira Makino, 84, said in an interview with the Kyodo news agency that he had performed surgery and amputations on dozens of prisoners of war before they were executed in the Philippines.
Several veterans have admitted conducting human vivisection in northern China as part of Japan's wartime chemical and biological weapons programme, but experts say Mr Makino is the first to testify that similar atrocities took place in south-east Asia.
Mr Makino said that as a 22-year-old he had operated on about 30 prisoners between December 1944 and February 1945 while working as a medic on the island of Mindanao.