IMPERIAL CONSPIRATORS “Tsuji is the type of man who, given the chance, would start World War III without any misgivings." CIA file on Class A war criminal and G-2 agent Colonel Masanobu Tsuji
Declassified intelligence papers reveal that Japanese agents of SCAP's G-2 military intelligence plotted a postwar coup to bring an ultranationist government to power in Japan
. Key figures included the Yakuza boss Yoshio Kodama
who had deep ties with the most pro-Nazi faction of wartime Naimusho
bureaucrats, Colonel Takushiro Hattori
, once Tojo's private secretary and the infamous Colonel Masanobu Tsuji
Deeply involved in pre-war Army political intrigue and known to his troops as " the god of operations", Tsuji was a fanatical ultranationalist with backing from members of Japan's imperial family who did not shy from bullying senior generals. One of the authors of the Bataan Death March, Tsuji had also been implicated in the death of the King of Thailand in 1946 ( Tsuji had planned the invasion of that country during WWII) yet escaped prosecution as a war criminal, being elected to the Diet before disappearing mysteriously in Laos in 1961.
Evidently, the CIA regarded Tsuji, who had pulled the plug on the coup, as completely useless as an intelligence asset.
Labels: CIA, conspiracy, diplomatic history, japan, military intelligence, tsuji, wwii