Chemical Weapons Factory Now Rabbit Paradise


Between 1929 and 1945, Okunoshima Island was used by Japan as a site for producing chemical weapons. Now it’s a tourist attraction where people visit feral rabbits that began living there in 1971:

Today, the island is uninhabited, but the remains of the facility buildings, including gas containers and a power plant, are still there.

It is believed that rabbits were first taken to the island in 1971, after an elementary school in Takehara found it difficult to keep the animals at school…

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