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Special DutyA History of the Japanese Intelligence Community$
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Richard J. Samuels

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501741586

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501741586.001.0001

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Expanding Special Duties (1895–1945)

Expanding Special Duties (1895–1945)

(p.32) Chapter 2 Expanding Special Duties (1895–1945)
Special Duty

Richard J. Samuels

Cornell University Press

This chapter reviews the history of the early development of the modern Japanese intelligence community, focusing on how the shifting strategic context, technological development, and failure influenced collection, analysis, communication, and covert action. Since there was no democratic oversight of authoritarian Japan's intelligence community, the chapter discusses the element of protection and its connection with Japan's authoritarian politics. It shows the early evolution of the Japanese intelligence community and how it did not always go smoothly. The half century from Japan's first modern foreign war against China to the larger Asia-Pacific War that ended in 1945 may have been in part consecrated to the establishment of a modern intelligence system. The extent of the challenge across each of the three generic drivers, and the relative inexperience of Japanese strategists, produced uneven performance by an unsteady intelligence community across each of the elements of the intelligence enterprise.

Keywords:   Japan, authoritarian politics, Japanese intelligence community, foreign war, China, Asia-Pacific War, modern intelligence system, strategists

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