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9th Army Technical Research Laboratory

The 9th Army Technical Research Laboratory was opened in 1937 to develop and test experimental weapons for the Imperial Japanese Army. One of the weapons it produced was the Fire Balloon or Fu-Go, which was used to bomb American mainland in th period 1944-1945.

A number of original buildings are still standing on the Meiji University Ikuta campus.

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  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: USAAF