The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday acknowledged that Japan waged germ warfare in China during World War II and caused harm to residents, but dismissed a claim by Chinese plaintiffs suing the government for compensation over the atrocities.

It is the first time for a court to recognize that the wartime army waged germ warfare, carried out by the infamous Unit 731 and other units of the Imperial army, during the 1937-1945 war Japan waged in China.

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