Japanese radar and related weapons


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As Kent G. Budge’s Pacific War Online Encyclopedia states:


Japanese inferiority in radar technology was the result of Japan’s lack of depth in its technical base and of neglect by the military and naval leadership. One visiting German professor noted in 1938 that “Japanese universities resembled senior high and vocational schools, because what was to be studied in the university was established in advance. Under such circumstances there was little freedom within the university, nor much freedom for academic instruction”… The same professor observed that Japanese manufacturers were remarkably uniform in their methodology and use of materials, reflecting a mindset which hindered innovation. Recruiting technical personnel was difficult for the armed services, and there was one six-year period when not a single graduate of the engineering department of Tokyo Imperial University volunteered for Navy duty. The Navy began the Pacific War with a corps of technical officers, but the number graduated each year did not reach 100 until 1940. Technical officers were looked down on by line officers, and by November 1942 they were absorbed into the regular officer corps to make up the shortage of combat personnel.


Japan discovered the Pacific jet stream and launched its deadly Fu-Go balloons; but since the U.S. authorities managed to uphold a complete blackout on the results, Japan considered these Fu-Go attacks a failure.


We have now established a context for the possible use of parapsychological warfare by the Japanese Navy and Army. We have seen how Japan was, on one hand, highly mystical, its people revered emperor Hirohito as a god. At the same time Japan was on the road to high-tech weaponry although it did have its severe shortcomings, such as the development of radar. Japan, as did Nazi-Germany, had its illuminated rightwing secret societies with connections in the navy, army and the paranormal undergrounds of the time. Imperial Japan also had its fair share of mystics, mediums and psychic seers. We have also seen the various connections that existed between the paranormal research communities, its psychics and the Japanese Imperial Navy and Army. Fukurai quit or was unceremoniously booted out in 1919. But who is not to say that later in the war, as things turned decidedly sour for Imperial Japan, there was not a small group somewhere that, on behest of the Japanese Imperial Navy or Army, used its reservoir of mediums and mystics for remote viewing, as the Nazis did, to for instance locate the whereabouts of the U.S. Pacific Fleet through paranormal means?




Noborito laboratory on an aerial reconnaissance photo from 1947


And could the 9th Army Technical Research Laboratory have been a place that employed such a group? This was the military development laboratory that was run by the Imperial Japanese Army from 1919 to 1945. Commonly known as the Noborito laboratory, its existence was even kept secret from other army units. The laboratory focussed on unconventional warfare. The Japanese Army commenced scientific research in 1919. In 1937, it procured around 364,000 sq. meters of former farmland in Kawasaki for the testing of exotic new weaponry. At its start, the camp boasted a staff of 60, and worked on the development of the kwairiki dempa, a directed energy weapon.



Official U.S. report on the japanese death ray experiments


Poisons, chemical and biological weapons were also on the menu. For its biological weapons research it had ties to Unit 731. The laboratory was also the birthplace of the Fu-Go balloons and they were built at the same complex. At its peak it employed 1,000 scientists and workers. As Meiji University professor Akira Yamada said in an article in the Japan Times:


“The laboratory was not only kept secret from outsiders, but was so compartmentalized that even the people who worked inside had no idea of what was being done in other sections…”


A secrecy that was not even broken by the late Shigeo Ban, a technician who worked there. He wrote a book on the laboratory in 2001, entitled Rikugun Noborito Kenkyujo no shinjitsu(The Truth About the Army Noborito Research Institute). Ban personally participated in poison tests on Chinese prisoners in Nanking in 1941 so he was more than a casual observer, and even the reviewer of the book feels he did not quite tell all.




Map of Noborito laboratory in 1944


In regards to the question whether Imperial Japan used parapsychological warfare, we have presented enough circumstantial evidence that it lays within the realms of possibility and expectation. After all, both sides in that conflict, the allies and the axis powers, resorted to every resource available to win the war. This also included the use of paranormal powers and sometimes even ritual magic, how strange and questionable this may sound. What other secret parapsychological warfare projects Imperial Japan was involved in, is a matter of conjecture. As the Second World War progressed and the Japanese forces were driven back to the mainland, its army and navy employed ever more radical and desperate means, such as the Kamikaze attacks. It is quite possible that the atmosphere of desperation also triggered even more outlandish paranormal projects. If you can burn an image onto film and even into ones mind as Fukurai’s test subjects were said to be able to do, what else could you transport? Charles Fort also asked this question, naming such an ability ‘external witchcraft’.


Can one’s mind affect the bodies of other persons and other things outside?


 If so, that is what I shall call external witchcraft.


As Charles Fort further wrote in his Wild Talents (1932), depicting the gruesome outcome of the use of external witchcraft in hypothetical parapsychological warfare conditions:


Girls at the front–and they are discussing their usual not very profound subjects. The alarm–the enemy is advancing. Command to the poltergeist girls to concentrate–and under their chairs they stick their wads of chewing gum…. A regiment bursts into flames, and the soldiers are torches. Horses snort smoke from the combustion of their entrails. Reinforcements are smashed under cliffs that are teleported from the Rocky Mountains. The snatch of Niagara Falls–it pours upon the battlefield. The little poltergeist girls reach for their wads of chewing gum.–


The early history of parapsychology research in Japan begins in the late 19th century but incorporates an unaccounted for hiatus during the World War II years, after which the trail is picked up again in the few textbooks that treat the subject. What happened during the war years?




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