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As Americans Remember Pearl Harbor, Chinese Remember Japan's Unit 731

Emporia State University Professor John Richard Schrock, who lectures on biology in China, stands outside the "Unit 731 Museum" in Harbin, China.

Today (WED) marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. December 7, 1941, was a date that President Franklin Roosevelt said would "live in infamy." While the United States declared war on Japan the next day, much of the rest of the world had already been at war for years. Japan invaded China in 1937 and, as Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us, the Japanese left behind a dark and disturbing legacy that remains largely overlooked today.


Commentator John Richard Schrock is a professor of biology education at Emporia State University, where he trains future biology teachers. Schrock has also taken yearly trips to China since the mid-1970s and has often lectured at Chinese universities.

Production assistance for this commentary was provided by KPR News Intern Courtney Bierman, a sophomore studying journalism at the University of Kansas.

Some information cited in this commentary comes from the book Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War, by Jeffrey Lockwood.

As Americans Remember Pearl Harbor, Chinese Remember Japan's Unit 731

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