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Alan Vanderbrook , University of Central Florida. After Japan occupied Manchuria in , Ishii Shiro created Unit and began testing biological weapons on unwilling human test subjects. This thesis makes use of a combination of declassified United States government and military documents, including court documents and the interviews conducted during the Unit Exhibition that traveled Japan in and , and then recorded by Hal Gold in his book, Unit Testimony, along with a number of secondary sources as supporting material. Each of these sources has informed this work and helped clarify that Unit acted within a broader network of human experimentation and exploitation in a racist system, which normalized human atrocities. Attitudes of racism and superiority do not necessarily explain every action taken by Japanese military personnel and scientists, nor did every individual view their actions or the actions of their countrymen as morally correct, but it does help explain why these acts occurred.