China's State Archives Administration has released the 8th set of the 45 confessions of Japanese World War Two criminals.
Hideo Sakakibara, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan in 1908, was head of the Linkou Branch of the Epidemic Prevention and Water Supply Detachment of the Kwantung Army. He was notorious for his germ warfares.
This is a method of battle not with arms but with tiny micro bacteria.
Sakakibara's written confession shows he prepared for germ warfare during his term at Linkou Branch. He ordered the Section Supervisor to undertake bacteria preservation and cultivation work.
Sakakibara's written confession: With the production volume we had, should the bacteria were spread on the ground of the east section of the China-Soviet border, we would be able to not only destroy a sizable number of Soviet forces, but also kill all the civilians in both China and the Soviet Union.
Early in March 1945, he followed the instructions of Unit 731, and "brought two test tubes of typhoid bacteria and type-A paratyphoid bacteria.
Chinese people were subjected to these bacteria for testing just like lab mice.
Sakakibara's written confession: The two bacteria varieties were in conformity with the toxicity standards of preserved bacteria set by the First Division of Unit 731. To ensure its effectiveness in the well water, I made the plan only by putting one or two test tubes of the bacteria into a well, so the water will be toxic enough to kill people.
Sakakibara also confessed he took part in the killing experiment in Anda County, Heilongjiang Province, in April 1945.
Four Chinese were tied to the poles, their bodies half buried to the ground...with their last breaths in front of a firing squad. Before Japan surrendered, Sakakibara ordered the Detachment to burning everything down and destroyed all evidence of preparations for germ warfare.
(CNTV.cn July 11, 2014)