Ōkunoshima (大久野島) is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is often called Usagi Shima (ウサギ島, “Rabbit Island”) because of the numerous wild rabbits that roam the island; they are rather tame and will approach humans.
When the island was developed as a park after World War II, these rabbits were intentionally set loose. Many rabbits were used in the chemical munitions plant to test the effectiveness of the chemical weapons during World War II; however, those rabbits were killed when the factory was demolished. According to Murakami, the former director of the poison gas museum, the current rabbits have nothing to do with those that were involved with chemical weapon tests. Hunting these creatures is forbidden and dogs and cats may not be taken onto the island.
Ōkunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. It is accessible by ferry from Tadanoumi and Ōmishima. There are campsites, walking trails and places of historical interest on the island. It is often called Usagi Shima (うさぎ島, “Rabbit Island”) because of the numerous feral rabbits that roam the island; they are rather tame and will approach humans. Ōkunoshima played a key role during World War II as a poison gas factory for much of the chemical warfare that was carried out in China.
Okunoshima es una pequeña isla de Japón, situada en el Mar Interior de Seto, ciudad de Takehara, Prefectura de Hiroshima. A menudo es llamada “Usagi Shima” (Isla Conejo) debido a los numerosos conejos silvestres que deambulan por la isla, los cuales son bastantes mansos y se acercan a las personas.
Durante buena parte del siglo XX la isla fue ocupada por fuerzas militares para desarrollar y llevar a cabo pruebas de gases letales durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Cuando el conflicto llegó a su fin, todas las operaciones en la isla fueron cesadas y las instalaciones abandonadas por los humanos.
Sin embargo, todos los conejos que habían servido para desarrollar las pruebas de los militares se quedaron allí.