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In Hiroshima Prefecture south of Japan there is an island known as Usagi Jima (Rabbit Island) During WWII this island is the site where Japan produced Chemical Weapons.

The small island of Ōkunoshima is located in the Seto Inland Sea in the Hiroshima Prefecture. The island lies about 2 miles from the mainland and the distance was considered far enough so that if an accident were to occur at the poison-gas facility it would not impact urban centers.

There is also a former two-room poison-gas laboratory on the island, which was converted into a museum in 1988.

“At the entrance of the museum is an unsupervised ticket machine and a sign that says, ‘War is meaningless and the production of poison gas is tragic. We make an appeal for everlasting peace,”

The island gets approximately 100,000 visitors annually.

 

The island now has a small camping ground, hotel and a six-hole golf course. The water surrounding the island is clean and visitors can swim regardless of the tide. Rabbits were intentionally set lose when the island was developed as a park after WWII.

Hunting the rabbits is forbidden and dogs and cats are not allowed on the island. The rabbits are tame and will sniff people but leave as soon as they realise that the person does not have food for them.

 

 

 

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In Hiroshima Prefecture south of Japan there is an island known as Usagi Jima (Rabbit Island) During WWII this island is the site where Japan produced Chemical Weapons. The small island of Ōkunoshima is located in the Seto Inland Sea in the Hiroshima Prefecture. The island lies about 2 miles...