Sunday, January 12, 2014

US conducted biological tests in Japan's Okinawa Islands in 1960s

The US military has reportedly conducted field experiments of biological weapons in the Japanese island of Okinawa in the early 1960s.

A Japanese news agency has said such tests were conducted at least a dozen times between 1961 and 1962. It added that Washington released rice-blast fungus over paddy-fields. The report says the US is believed to have had China and Southeast Asia in mind while developing such crop-harming agents. The fungus is estimated to destroy enough rice to feed 60 million people each year. Okinawa was under US rule until 1972 following World War Two. The United States is currently operating a military base on the island.