This is not a new story. The Japanese military in WW2 were barbaric in the way they treated captured servicemen. I was about ten when my father's best friend came home from a Japanese prison camp. I wasn't allowed to see him, but for weeks my father would mutter, "The bastards, the bastards!"
But those guys got off lightly. The worst treatment included all kinds of spurious medical experimentation.
This story includes that type of thing:
Japanese admit conducting wartime vivisection on captured Americans at Kyoto Imperial University
April 9, 2015 - 9:43AM
Tokyo: A university museum in Japan has broken a seven-decade taboo on discussing the dissection of live American prisoners of war by medical personnel.
- Julian Ryall
The museum opened on Saturday in the grounds of Kyushu University, in the city of Fukuoka, and details more than a century of innovation at one of Japan's foremost medical schools.
But one small section provides details from the Second World War of a darker chapter in the university's history, according to Kyodo News.
Nine of the crew were taken into custody, with Captain Marvin Watkins separated from his men and sent to Tokyo for interrogation. The remainder were handed over to a military physician and transported toKyushu's Imperial University College of Medicine, the predecessor of the modern-day institution.
In testimony against 30 doctors and university personnel presented to a hearing of the Allied War Crimes tribunal in Yokohama in 1948, it was claimed that doctors gave the prisoners intravenous injections of seawater to test if it could serve as a substitute for sterile saline solution.
Others had parts of their livers removed to determine if they could survive. Another experiment was to determine whether epilepsy could be controlled through the removal of part of the brain.
None of the crew of the aircraft survived and their remains were preserved in formaldehyde until the end of the war, when the doctors attempted to cover their tracks by destroying the evidence.
One doctor committed suicide in prison before the trial and charges of cannibalism were dropped due to a lack of evidence, but 23 people were found guilty of carrying out vivisection or the wrongful removal of body parts.
Five were sentenced to death, four received life prison terms and the rest received shorter sentences.
Two years later, General Douglas MacArthur, the military governor of Japan, commuted all the death sentences and reduced most of the prison terms. By 1958, every one of the people involved in the case had been released.