Imperial Japanese Army research institute opened as museum – Displays top secret devices of World War II

An Imperial Japanese Army research institute that developed poison gases, balloon bombs and other top secret devices during World War II opens as a museum Wednesday.

Among the 800 exhibits at Meiji University’s Noborito museum for peace education in Kawasaki’s Tama Ward are cylindrical filters designed to purify air during a germ warfare attack and pictures that encoded messages in the form of tiny dots.

The fabric of the museum’s one-story 360-square-meter concrete building has been left largely untouched since the war.

It was part of a complex of buildings, originally opened in 1937. The clandestine army research institute employed about 1,000 people at its height.

The full range of the institute’s activities during the war is still unclear, due to the secrecy that surrounded it. But it seems to have been involved in a wide range of top secret operations, according to former workers.

It is the first former Imperial Army research facility to be made into a museum.

For more about the museum visit: Secret World War II research center reopens as a museum

Opening hours are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

For further details, telephone 044-934-7993.

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