How Many Chemical Weapons did Japanese Army Use During the War?
A few days ago, some Japanese media reported that Japanese scholars exposed for the first time the undeniable evidence of poison gas used by invading Japanese army.
By the end of the war, Japanese troops left 2 million unused poison gas weapons and 100 tons of toxic agents in China.
Even Nanjing found a large number of gas bombs left by the Japanese...
1 Japanese Scholars Expose Irrefutable Evidence of Poison Gas Used by Invading Japanese Troops
Japan's Kyodo News reported on July 7 that Japanese scholars had found detailed records of the use of gas bombs by Japanese troops of poison gas warfare during their invasion of northern China in 1939.
Japan’s Official Report "Detailed Battle Report" (by Kyodo)
The detailed battle report, which was the equivalent of an official army report, was found by Japanese history researcher Makoto Matsushita.
Gao Xiaoyan, a researcher at Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences said Matsushita was a Japanese scholar specializing in gas warfare and had been collecting data on the topic. “His new finding is quite precious and also of great significance to our research. It also fully confirms that Japan carried out the gas war in China, which is a good proof."
2 Qiqihar’s Leak Incident of Poison Agents Left by Japanese Invading Army that Caused Wounds and Deaths
During the war of aggression against China, the Japanese army began to use chemical weapons in the war in flagrant violation of the norms of international law. They even brutally used Chinese civilians and prisoners of war to do gas effect experiments.
According to incomplete statistics, in the eight-year war of Japan's full-scale invasion of China, the Japanese army carried out more than 2,000 poison gas wars, and nearly 100,000 Chinese military and civilian casualties were directly poisoned.
In August 1945, when the Japanese army surrendered, in order to conceal its heinous crimes, about 2 million unused gas weapons and 100 tons of toxic agents were abandoned in China. Some of them were secretly buried in the ground or discarded in rivers. After the war, there have been many incidents in China caused by Japanese abandoned poison gas weapons.
At 16:00 on August 4, 2003, workers dig out five rusted metal drums (75 cm high and 45 cm in diameter) at a construction site of Beijiang Garden, Airport Road, Longsha District, Qiqihar of Heilongjiang Province.
Later in the "waste" resold process, metal barrels were transferred from the waste collection station to Xinjiang Second Street, and to Fengtun chemical plant and other places. More than 40 people were poisoned.
A worker got an eye injury just by looking into the barrel.
The substance was identified as a chemical agent called mustard gas, left over from Japan's invasion of China.
Mustard gas is a decaying, irritating gas that begins to corrode parts of human bodies as soon as they come in contact with it. At present, there is no ideal specific antidotes. The gas usually results in death if disinfection is not done promptly.
3 Nanjing also found a large number of gas bombs
Did Japanese invading army ever develop and abandon gas bombs in Nanjing, where its command headquarter was based?
In late February 2000, during the construction of Huanghuzi Mountain in Xiaguan Dock, a municipal department of Nanjing found a large number of gas cans and canisters abandoned by the Japanese army.
Fortunately, the department had strong vigilance, immediately reported and invited a unit of chemical defense of Nanjing Military Command to deal with the chemicals.
After more than 40 days of intensive excavation, a total of 10 kinds of gas canisters, more than 17600 pieces and more than 60 tons of contaminated cleaning were finally excavated.
This incident was then a shook. The Central Military Commission sent specials to Nanjing to check the handling of the situation. The PLA Academy of Science and Shijiazhuang Institute of Chemical Logistics sent a dozen experts and scholars to supervise the research.
The discovery of large quantities of gas bombs at the mountain also shaked Japan.
At the claim of Chinese authorities, the Japanese government sent an investigation mission to Nanjing from mid-April to mid-May 2000 for temporary emergency dealing.
4 Taking History as A Mirror
In 1999, the governments of China and Japan reached a memorandum on the disposal of Japanese chemical weapons left in China, and Japan assumed responsibility for the destruction.
"Chinese people stress principles; Chinese people are reasonable; and Chinese people value friendship."
We firmly believe that as long as China and Japan take history as a mirror, work with sincere cooperation, act with responsible courage, focus on the long-term development of China and Japan, and deal with issues in accordance with the memoranda between the two governments, the remaining historical issues between China and Japan will be properly resolved.