chapter  4
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Ping Fan: the first phase

The mid-1930s were wonderful years for the young doctor Ishii's military career. In an era of restricted budgets, Ishii was advanced to the rank of Surgeon-Lieutenant Colonel On I August 1935, just three years after his earlier elevation to Major. 1 This new promotion was earned, undoubtedly, because of the claimed initial BW results achieved at Beiyinhe, and the promising possibilities for BW that Ishii trumpeted constantly to his fellow officers in Harbin and Tokyo.