Cannibalism in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong – when food shortages made human flesh the only option

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A lurid aspect of Hong Kong’s wartime Japanese occupation (1941-45) – anecdotally indicated for several decades, but never comprehen­sively researched – is cannibalism. This taboo is so strong, and the thought of eating human flesh so repugnant, that the mere mention brings forth horrified denials it could possibly have happened. Many post-war stories were immediately dismissed as sensation-seeking fabrication.Yet wartime cannibalism undoubtedly did happen, and rather more frequently than many…

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