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Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community

Richard J. Samuels


The prewar history of the Japanese intelligence community demonstrates how having power over much, but insight into little can have devastating consequences. Its postwar history—one of limited Japanese power despite growing insight—has also been problematic for national security. This book dissects the fascinating history of the intelligence community in Japan. Looking at the impact of shifts in the strategic environment, technological change, and past failures, it probes the reasons why Japan has endured such a roller-coaster ride when it comes to intelligence gathering and analysis, and conc ... More

Keywords: Japanese intelligence community, intelligence gathering, intelligence analysis, Japanese leaders, national security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501741586
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501741586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard J. Samuels, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology