imperial japanese army
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The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) was the army of the Empire of Japan from 1871 to 1945. It was involved in several wars throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, including Russo-Japanese war, both Sino-Japanese wars, and World War II.
The IJA became infamous throughout the world during 30s and 40s due to their countless war crimes and atrocities (including but not limited to: cannibalism, large-scale rape, mass-murder, use of chemical and biological weapons, forced human experimentation on captured civilians , guerillas, and murder and torture of prisoners of war) committed during this time period (especially during the rule of Hideki Tojo.) With some even suggest them to be even worse than the Nazi Germany regime itself.
Following the Japanese surrender, the IJA was dissolved and during 1950s its role as Japan's military's land warfare branch was taken over by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force which was modeled after the US Army.