|Submitted||Jan. 9, 2016|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Records pertaining to, or referencing (via cross reference) Japanese Unit 731 (部隊 , Nana-san-ichi Butai) - a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) of World War II, and the cooperation of General Shiro Ishii, an officer in the Kwantung Army, during US intervention with activities at this facility at the end of the war. Please also search records spanning before take-over of stewardship after CIA inception in 1947. Prior records maintained by the Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC) which may in turn be referenced in response materials maintained by the agency. Note that concerns regarding personal privacy of those involved in Unit 731 activities are mitigated by both passage of time since death, as well as foreign status rather than US Citizens. Please provide a count of excluded materials, if responsive documents are withheld. Thank you!
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM, DVD-R, or BD-R if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
A no responsive documents response.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 9, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.
Dear Martin Peck,
This is in reference to your e-mail dated February 8, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Your request was received in the Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS) on January 11, 2016 and assigned case control number F-2016-00198. Our records indicate that your case is closed in our system. A response letter was mailed to you on February 3, 2016 to the following address: MuckRock, DEPT MR 23346, P.O. Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819. This is the address that the Department has on file for you.
If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.
Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State
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