Shirō Ishii
Shirō Ishii

Shirō Ishii

Ishii Shiro (小郎)

The director of Unit 731, an agency which serves research and production of biological weapons for the Japanese army.

Shiro was born June 25, 1892, in Chiyoda village, Chiba Prefecture. His father, Katsuya Ishii, had a career in making sake, while her mother was Chiyo, she was from the Ueda clan. Two, the eldest brother died in the Russian-Japanese war.

Enrolled at Chiba Imperial School

Entrance to high school at Kanazawa High School in Ishikawa Prefecture.

1916 attended Kyoto Imperial University in Medicine.

1921 was enlisted as a military doctor in the Japanese army, earning the rank of lieutenant.

In 1922, he was sent to the 1st Army Hospital and Army Medical School in Tokyo.

1924. Admission to postdoctoral degree at Jan. Tokyo, where Chiro was fond of cultivating bacteria in petri dishes as pets.

1925 was fuzzy as a lieutenant.

In 1927, completed a Ph.D. and completed the development of the Japanese Army's biological weapons.

He is married to Kiyoko, the daughter of Araki Torasaburo, who is president of Japan's emperor, and he is also president of the University of Tokyo.

Between 1928 and 1930, Shiro traveled to many countries in Europe and the Americas to see the development of chemical and biological weapons used in World War I. This trip to Europe also brought Shiro closer to the department. Japanese defence barrister Sadao Araki earned him a ministerial patronage.

1930 came back to Japan.

In 1932, Shiro requested to move from Japan to Manchukuo, a country in northeastern China that was under Japanese occupation, and he was appointed by Defense Minister Sadao Araki to be responsible for the Army Epidemic Prevention Research Laboratory, AERPL, which Shiro has set up a secret research unit called the Tōgō Unit to research chemical and biological weapons.

1935 was promoted to the Army's senior surgeon.

In 1936, Tako became Unit 731, and Shiro was officially appointed to the Unit 731. Unit 731 is located in the Chinese city of Harbin, part of Manjugawa.

The Unite 731 is officially named “The Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification” of the Kwantung Army. The actual duty is to research and build biological weapons. Plague, smallpox, Iwah, Botulism, Anthrax are used by prisoners to research the infection through various methods. The research results lead to the release of the pathogen into the water, food, and the development of a pathogen bomb. , which packed a germ-carrying flea tick into a bomb made of ceramics before being dumped by air, estimated that 3,000 Chinese were used in the experiment, and that 200,000 Chinese died from this Unit 731 biowapon.

In 1945, before the Second World War ended, Chiro planned to attack the United States with a biological weapon, with a date set in September. The operation called Operation Cherry Blossoms at Night, which would spread airborne germs at San Diego in California, where the aircraft would be used. The operation was carried by the I-400 submarine, capable of carrying three Aichi M6A1 aircraft, but the plan was canceled after Japan gave up the war in August.

December 1949, (Khabarovsk war crime trials) The Soviet Union held a trial for the use of biological chemical weapons by the Japanese army in the war. The trial was held in the Soviet city of Khavarovsk.

However, Shiro was not prosecuted in Karbarovsky because after the end of the world war, Shiro was captured by the United States. The U.S., interested in information about Japanese biowapons research, protected many Japanese criminals involved in the research.

Which Dr. Richard Drayton, a professor of history at Cambridge University, has claimed Shiro has been brought to Fort Detrick in Maryland since 1947 to assist in a biowapons development program.

In 1988, the Los Angeles Times newspaper revealed that in 1947, the U.S. General Douglas MacArthur struck a secret deal with Japan to cover up Unit 731's war crimes acts in exchange for research data.

Shiro went on to work as a consultant for Fort Detrick between 1946 and 1949, earning a salary of 250,000 yen.

October 9, 1959, Shiro died of throat cancer at a hospital in Shinjuku.

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