×
Home Intro People Events Equipment Places Maps Books Photos Videos Other Reference FAQ About
     

World War II Database


Shunji Sato

SurnameSato
Given NameShunji
Born12 Sep 1896
Died2 Jan 1977
CountryJapan
CategoryMilitary-Ground
GenderMale

Contributor:

ww2dbaseShunji Sato was born in Japan in 1896 and studied to become a medical doctor. In the 1930s, he joined the Japanese Army, and in Jan 1941 he was assigned to China to join the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department of the Japanese Southern China Area Army. In Aug 1941, he was promoted to the rank of colonel. Between Nov 1941 and 1943, he was the head of Unit 8604 within the same department based at the Zhongshan Medical University in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, southern China. During the war, Unit 8604 conducted secret research on diseases, using Chinese civilians as test subjects. About 100 officers, 200 researchers, and 500 non-commissioned officers and soldiers were under Sato's command at Unit 8604. In Mar 1944, he was made the Chief of Medical Service of Japanese 5th Army. In Jun 1945, he was promoted to the rank of major general. He was captured by Soviet forces in northeast China when WW2 ended. Tried at the Khabarovsk War Crime Trials, he was found guilty of human experimentation in Dec 1949 and was sentenced to 20 years forced labor in a camp in Ivanovo Oblast in Eastern Europe. In 1956, after only 7 years into his prison term, he was released and repatrioted back to Japan as a part of the actions taken by the Soviet Union as the Soviet Union attempted to improve its relations with Japan. Sato passed away in Japan in 1977.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: May 2015

Shunji Sato Timeline

12 Sep 1896 Shunji Sato was born in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, Japan.
2 Jan 1977 Shunji Sato passed away in Japan.




Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds




Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Change View
Desktop View

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
More on Shunji Sato
Event(s) Participated:
» Tokyo Trial and Other Trials Against Japan

Famous WW2 Quote
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Winston Churchill