Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

China Wants Japan to Respond to Germ Warfare Victims

Japan should answer demands for an apology and compensation made by Chinese citizens subjected to the Japanese germ warfare program during World War II, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said today (see GSN, July 19).

Yesterday, a Japanese court rejected a lawsuit filed by 180 survivors and relatives of victims.

“Germ warfare was one of the serious crimes of the Japanese militarist period during World War II,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement faxed to the Associated Press. “The Japanese government should properly deal with this problem by using an honest attitude, undertaking its full responsibilities and handling conscientiously the reasonable demands of the injured people.”

AP reported the lawsuit has uncovered information about Japan’s biological warfare program kept secret by Japan’s government and the United States following World War II.

For instance, Japanese veterans told the court that cholera, dysentery, anthrax and typhoid were mass-produced in the early 1940s at the Unit 731 base near the Chinese city of Harbin. Historians said the this unit may be responsible for as many as 250,000 deaths in the 1930s and ‘40s during the Japanese occupation of China (Joe McDonald, Associated Press, July 20)

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

NTI Analysis

  • Latin America and the Caribbean 1540 Reporting

    Oct. 16, 2015

    This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.

  • U.S. Government Officials on the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification

    June 11, 2015

    U.S. government officials have been sharing information on the International Partnership for Disarmament Verification, an initiative of the U.S. State Department and NTI.

Country Profile

Flag of Japan


This article provides an overview of Japan’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →