Friday, January 20, 2012

Poison Gas Factory haikyo

Actually this isn't the poison gas factory itself, but rather the power plant that powered the poison gas production facility. Most of the factory was destroyed in 1945.

It is located on the tiny island of Okunoshima just off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture in the Seto Inland Sea.

From 1929 until 1945 the Japanese government maintained a top-secret installation producing more than 6,000 tons of Mustard Gas which was used in their campaigns in China.

There are still a couple of other structures left on the island but I did not have time to visit them.

There is a very good little museum on the subject on the island.

I wrote a guide to Okunoshima which can be found here

Nowadays the island is famous as Rabbit Island because of the hundreds of rabbits running free that are descended from some rabbits released here in the 1960's.


  1. I am surprised you can visit this place.


  2. thanks for drawing attention to this, and to this little known fact in the guide you wrote to Okunoshima: "Unlike Germany, Japan has never prosecuted any of its citizens for war crimes."
    As Filip above says, it's a big surprise that this place has not been erased from the collective memory, but allowed to stand. The beautiful pics Jake has produced should stand as testimony to the victims of the place.

  3. Hi John... as you know, there are many Japanese people who have produced memorials to such places even though the state would rather not. Interestingly I just watched a documentary about the poison gas factory in Shropshire.....

  4. Thank you so much for letting us know about this! I must say that you are a very dedicated person to have written a wonderful post like this!