I don’t care how old he is, this was done to civilians and POW’s. Dissected alive.
In 1944, as a medical auxiliary in the Japanese Imperial Navy, he was stationed in the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. There he was party to one of the most notorious and poorly chronicled cruelties of the Japanese war effort – the medical dissection and murder of living prisoners of war.
Over the course of four months before the defeat of the Japanese forces in March 1945, Mr Makino cut open the bodies of ten Filipino prisoners, including two teenage girls. He amputated their limbs, and cut up and removed their healthy livers, kidneys, wombs and still beating hearts for no better reason than to improve his knowledge of anatomy.
Sounds like a war crime to me. And as for the threat of death excuse he uses,
“At that time, if a commander gave you an order it was understood that it was the order of the Emperor, and the Emperor was a god. I had no choice – if I had disobeyed, I would have been killed.”
We didn’t buy that excuse from the Nazis at the Nuremburg trials, and we shouldn’t buy it now. Look at the Doctor’s trial entry from Wiki:
Twenty of the 23 defendants were medical doctors (Brack, Rudolf Brandt, and Sievers being Nazi officials) and all were accused of having been involved in Nazi human experimentation. . .
Of the 23 defendants, five were acquitted and seven received death sentences; the remainder received prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment.
Transcripts of the Doctors’ Trial at Nuremburg can be found here.
Look, I’m glad Mr. Makino is sorry. He damned well should be. That doesn’t negate the crimes he committed and has yet to be punished for.