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Looking back, Japan is a A-bomb victim country with 200,000
death toll in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in1945 alone, and still there are hundreds
of thousands radiation late effects suffers as of today.Meanwhile, the US and Japanese government
established Atomic Bomb Casualties Commission with the participation of both
countries’ number of scholars who conducted research on radiation exposed
people.However, these scholars did not
treat or cure the patients and they simply checked and studied them.
In fact, it is reported that the US medical team came to
Hiroshima Army 1st Hospital Ujina Clinic accompanied by Japanese
Tokyo University medical team, and they focused on autopsy rather than
treatment, while patients were mainly treated by nurses and corpsmen.
In addition, the effect of internal radiation has been concealed
for many years, and scholars have said that there have been no health effects
apart from those who developed acute syndromes or those who were living in 2km
of the epicenter.As late as 2008, it
was admitted that those who were living further than 2km radius area could have
been exposed to radiation by the intake of radioactive materials in their
bodies.In this way, more than half a
century, doctors and scholars have been on the side of the governments (Japan
and the US) than the A-bomb survivors.
After Chernobyl accident, former directors of Radiation Effects
Research Foundation (RERF), the successor of ABCC, Dr. Itsuzo Shigematsu and
Dr. Shigenobu Nagataki played important roles to downplay the health damages
observed among residents, especially children in the contaminated areas.
This is such a shameful history of Japanese medical
circles.Japan is the victim of A-bombs,
but at the same time, Japanese medical doctors have been downplaying or
ignoring the sufferings of the nuclear weapons and nuclear power victims to
take the side of the nuclear industry and the governments.
This sad history has been repeated now in Fukushima.Dr. Shigenobu Nagataki, who denied the health
damages after Chernobyl, and his follower, Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, along with
the Tokyo University Hospital radiology authority, Dr. Keiichi Nakagawa are
telling Fukushima residents groundlessly that this level of radiation has no
health damage.Even nearly 2 years after
the accident, Japanese medical societies officially states that has never been
a single person whose health was affected by radiation after Fukushima accident!
During the World War II, Unit 731 with more than 3000 medical
staff under the Japanese Imperial Army, conducted horrendous human experiments
including pregnant women and children.While some medical doctors in the
Far East Trial were executed for abusing the POWs, the former 731 Units members
were not sued at all. The Unit 731’s immunity from punishment was obtained in exchange of providing
the data to the US military and cooperating the studies on Hiroshima and
Nagasaki A-bomb survivors.!
The Japanese Army's Secret of Secret
By Peter Williams and David Wallace, BBC documentary program producer/director
In a NHK program in 2010, there was a testimony made by a former
Japanese Imperial Army doctor saying, “(Beside providing the human
experiment data to the US,) cooperating the research on A-bomb victim was used
as a card for obtaining immunity of Unit 731.”In fact, as early as December 1945, a booklet
on A-bomb causalities was prepared by Dr. Tachiyumaru Ishikawa, an expert of
pathological autopsy in Unit 731.
Other names in the US-Japan Joint Research Team on A-bomb were,
Dr. Tomio Ogata from Tokyo Imperial University and Dr. Ren Kimura from Kyoto
Imperial University, Dr. Stafford Warren who was leading human experiment with
plutonium injection, Dr. Shields Warren later became a founding member of
UNSCEAR and famous for his A-bomb survivors’ epidemiological study.
This is how ABCC was born.Doctors in the US and in Japan, who got involved in inhumane
experiments, came together for further study of radiation exposure.Dr. Austin Bruce, who conducted human
experiment on A-bomb victims, went to major medical schools including Tokyo,
Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, met the former Unit 731 members and built
up the network for the foundation of ABCC inaugurated in 1947.
epidemiological expert, Dr. Itsuzo Shigematsu (Tokyo Imperial University, Havard University
School of Public Health), is well known as RERF director who downplayed the
health hazards among A-bomb survivors.He is also known as the IAEA Chernobyl Project leader who denied any
health hazards among residents in contaminated area in 1991.Dr. Shigenobu Nagataki (Tokyo University, Havard Medical School,
Nagasaki University)was one of Dr. Shigematsu’s followers, and both of them denied the health
effects by Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Chernobyl (later admitted only thyroid cancer.)And Dr. Shunichi Yamashita (Nagasaki
University, Fukushima Prefecture Medical University), the follower of Dr.
Nagataki, has been denying heath hazards in Chernobyl and now in Fukushima.
I have been always felt the same kind of
cruelty as Unit 731, on Dr. Shunichi Yamashita’s thyroid examination on Fukushima children, whose
anomaly rate is nearly 50%.Then I found
out that there is a connection between Unit 731 and Dr. Itsuzo Shigematsu, who
was Yamashita’s teacher’s teacher.
Dr. Shigematsu had his own master in epidemiology who played an
important role in Unit 731. His name was, Dr. Keizo Noheji, the director of
Tokyo Imperial University Epidemiology Laboratory, which sent many medical
scientists to Unit 731 for developing
This Epidemiology Laboratory was later divided into 3
institutes; Tokyo University Medical Science Institute (Currently conducting WBC
radiation exposure human experiment in Minamisoma city.Please see http://savekidsjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/01/vii.html
); Institute of Public Health and National Institute of Health(NIH).NIH gave the materials of both Unit 731 and
A-bomb survivors’ data to the US military.
Since 1955, Dr. Keizo Noheji, the former director of Tokyo
Imperial University Epidemiology Laboratory, became the epidemiological
director of ABCC, and since 1981, Dr. Itsuzo Shigematu became the director of
RERF, the successor of ABCC.We can see
the strong personnel connection here from Unit 731 to ABCC (human experiment on
A-bomb victims) through Tokyo University.
As I mentioned before, Professor Masahiro Kami and Dr. Masaharu
Tsubokura from Tokyo University Medical Science Institute are conducting human
experiment including children using WBC in Minamisoma city in Fukushima.In his personal conversation, Professor Kami
was saying, “Minamisoma is at risk.”“In the future, Fukushima people may file a class action lawsuit.” http://savekidsjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/01/vii.html
In addition, another prominent figure after Fukushima accident
is an associate professor of Tokyo University Hospital Department of
Radiology.In his book, “Truth on Radiation Exposure
and Carcinogenesis,” he states that there have
been no health damages observed and will not be observed in Fukushima.Since there are many scientifically doubtful
points in his book, I sent him more than 100 questions, but none of them have
been answered yet.http://koukaishitsumon.blogspot.jp/
Historically, immuned Unit 731 members have ties with the
society of radiation medicine.For
example, Dr. Masa Miyagawa, a leader of X-ray team, which conducted lethal dose
irradiation on human experiment, became later became the leading professor of
radiology class at Tokyo University Medical Department after the war.Dr. Miyagawa denied radiation damages on
fishermen other than the Fifth Lucky Dragon ship, though it was said that there
were approximately 800 boats that were exposed to radiation from the
Dr. Miyagawa, the former chief of X-ray group in Unit 731, later
became the leading professor of radiology class at Tokyo University Medical
Department and involved in the establishment of Nuclear Institute for
Radiological Science (NIRS).NIRS has
been functioning as the organization to follow the pro-nuclear government
policy, and the Japanese representative of UNSCEAR has been always NIRS member
for the past half century.
are connections between Unit 731, ABCC, and Fukushima through famous
universities. In Nagasaki, Dr. Ichiro Hayashi (Kyoto Imperial University,
Nagasaki University), who conducted thousands of autopsy on fetus and babies of
A-bomb survivors used to belong to Unit 731 and his master was Dr. Kenji Kiyono
(Kyoto Imperial University), whose followers were Dr. Shiro Ishii (Kyoto
Imperial University), the leader of Unit 731.
was once cited in the film called, “The World is Feared
(Sekai wa Kyofu suru)” (1957) in which the narrator
said that 22.3% of babies born among A-bomb survivors had malformation while
8.7% among non-survivors.However, this
citation was denied by Dr. Hayashi himself and the genetic effects after
Hiroshima and Nagasaki is said to have been not observed, which remains as a
また、７３１部隊長石井四郎の右腕であった内藤良一は、薬害エイズで２０００人の血友病患者を感染させた日本ミドリ十字社の前身である日本ブラッドバンクの創設者であり、このミドリ十字社と厚生省がグルとなって薬害エイズ事件の原因となったことは有名です。Dr. Ryoichi Naito, a right-hand man of Unit 731 leader Dr. Shiro
Ishii, is a founder of Japan Blood Bank, predecessor of Japan Green Cross,
which caused the infection of HIV to thousands of hemophiliac patients in
collusion with Ministry of Health.
It is amazing that Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, the leader of
Fukushima Prefectural Health Examination was assigned as the leader of HIV
infected hemophiliac patients just before the Fukushima nuclear accident took
place.In his report on the start of the
HIV patients study, he said that this kind of mistake shall never take place,
and immediately after that, he went to Fukushima Medical University responding
to the nuclear accident to persuade the residents not to worry about radiation
upto 100mSV.My friend HIV patient is
feeling strong resentment on Dr. Yamashita’s behaviors saying, “How could there be a medicine that does not focus on the health of
people for the first place?” “I would never forgive any
doctor to treat anybody as a specimen of human experiment”
Today, various scholars and doctors from many famous
universities and institutes, are using even pregnant women and children for
their studies. This is obviously a human
experiment in the extended period of time span, and the history shows that this
is not an exaggeration.
In order to save the lives and health of children whose health
have been deteriorating, I would like the people in the world to know the
criminality of Japanese medical societies in the past and present.