One man recalled an order to put a flower in his suit and hold a cigarette in his right hand to meet a contact outside Kawasaki city hall. The men sailed in December with foreboding, leaving on various dates and from various sites. Their superiors had instructed the men to disperse to their old home towns and blend into the background to await orders, without apparently providing them cover stories. Our response will occur via a secure method. The 24 operatives left Japan only in 1961. Variant title: Please hug me! President Yi left the country days following the explosion of popular anger after police shot dead nearly 200 demonstrators and wounded thousands more on 19 April 1960.
One comprised men who had sat for a national police exam. Depending on what you provide, we may offer you compensation. Seoul disavowed two dozen operatives arrested in a surprise raid in Shimonoseki on the night of 3 May 1960. Those who infiltrated Japan endured months of inaction or engaged in ineffectual acts while awaiting funds and instructions. . Neither the democratic government in power at the time of their arrest nor the military junta that followed showed immediate interest in their fate.
How accurate and complete is the testimony that survivors and relatives gave? One veteran told the author how, seeing a trainer weeping at the dock, he feared that they were on a one-way mission. For threats outside the U. We reply first to messages of greater interest to us and to those with more detail. While on his third Seoul assignment, Shirouchi tracked down and interviewed surviving veterans of the operation. Sixty-five recruits—24 test-takers and 41 former residents of Japan—from September 1959 underwent several weeks of training north of Seoul at a camp in Pukhansan.
Donald Gregg interview with Japanese correspondent Sakajiri Nobuyoshi. We do not routinely respond to questions for which answers are found within this Web site. Between 1993 and 2011, he covered Korean events from Seoul as foreign correspondent, then bureau chief. Grim officials of the Home Affairs Ministry met them at Pusan on their return, had them write out reports, handed them money for fare home, and told them to await further contact. He did so repeatedly; no one ever approached him. The recruiters also assured them that they would care for their families during the operation and, in the event of accident, afterwards. Indeed, the operation soon proved fatal for a dozen men on board one ship that sank en route in a storm.
Time and place of interview not given. Mercado Washington for decades has grappled with successive Korean regimes developing nuclear weapons in secret, carrying out abductions and other covert operations overseas, and torturing political opponents at home. The recruits also received training in Japanese culture and language, listening to radio broadcasts in Japanese and reading Japanese magazines. An official turned him away but suggesting that he see the pro-Seoul Korean Residents Union in Japan known as Mindan , which gave him a small handout. Shirouchi by now is an expert on Korean issues.
The operatives on another ship, spotted by the Japanese and kept under watch after reaching the port of Kobe, soon returned in failure to the port of Masan. Ministry officers recruited several dozen men for the operation, drawing from two pools. Even operatives born and raised in Korea would have received a Japanese education until August 1945. The resulting book is a moving human drama. All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in this journal are those of the authors. But even the greatest discretion on their part would have done little to undo the damage from at least one previous operation.
Third Party: Have someone you trust travel to a less restrictive environment and deliver the information via one of the above methods. Embassy or Consulate and ask for the information to be passed to a U. We will work to protect all information you provide, including your identity, and our interactions with you will be respectful and professional. Test-takers who received from visiting police officers a terse summons to go to an inn in Seoul for further instructions went hoping that they had passed. What records lie unexamined in archives—open or closed—in Seoul, Tokyo, or elsewhere? The best method depends on your personal situation. The armistice in 1953 ended the overt military battles, but the war continued in the shadows. If you know of an imminent threat to a location inside the U.
Embassy or Consulate and inform a U. As is the rule in intelligence history, the details revealed whet our appetites for more. Along with coercion, the recruiters dangled incentives. Once at the inn, intelligence officers coerced them into joining the operation. Journalist Shirouchi Yasunobu of the Japanese daily Tokyo Shimbun has written an intelligence history that reminds readers that Seoul has for decades conducted covert operations abroad. Almost immediately out of money, the operatives sought out family and friends for shelter and work. Obeying such orders was the prudent course in those days.
However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Their instructors taught them intelligence gathering, demolition, and abduction. The widows of the drowned operatives did not receive promised survivor benefits or even official word of what had happened. Author is Japanese journalist and actress who attained fame for writing a book called Yellow Cab: Women who take off at Narita Airport about Japanese women having sex with foreigners abroad ; she is very controversial for her sensationalistic work. Please note we have no control over the security and reliability of postal mail. Shirouchi wrote several books related to Korean intelligence topics before the one under review here. Limitations of the genre aside, the author has written an intelligence history that sheds light on a dark area of relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
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