Tokyo is a nexus of foreign intelligence gathering and espionage going all the way back to WWII when Russia’s KGB infiltrated Japan’s media including the Asahi Shinbum. Much of the espionage that goes on by foreign agents usually comes in the guise of journalists and reporters connected to domestic (infiltrated) and foreign media organizations. The BBC have perfected this technique so well that news has become intelligence and counter intelligence in very subtle undetectable ways. No better example of this than BBC “journalists” reporting from inside Syria posturing for Syria’s destruction by intentionally falsifying news stories on Syria.
Recently, the police in Japan arrested a North Korean man who was involved in making credit card transactions in a way that allowed him to transfer millions of yen back to North Korea. The Japanese police also connected him as the handler of a network of North Korean spies operating in Japan. As it turned out, this North Korean was an ex-professor at a university in Tokyo. Then we come to the disaster of Fukushima learning that an Israeli firm was responsible for the security at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. A foreign firm operating security at a nuclear power plant in Japan where there are alleged plutonium stockpiles stored?
Then there are home grown mercenary spies like in the case of a Japanese man who for whatever reason, was angered by the Japanese company he was an engineer at and leaked internal technological developments to a competing corporation in Japan. This former employee of Toshiba Corp. was arrested last year October, 2015 for allegedly selling cutting-edge technology on flash memory to a rival of Toshiba as just one of many cases of industrial espionage going on inside Japan’s corporations. Foreign governments and corporations are finding that there are other ways to get secrets out of Japanese engineers and technology experts. In October 2013, the weekly tabloid magazine Shukan Jitsuwa reported that “executives and engineers at some of Japan’s largest high-tech companies had been ensnared in a “honey trap” set by Chinese women working at a hostess bar in Kyoto. There are more cases of spying going on inside Japan by China made even more so by the thousands of “tourists” coming to Japan monthly.
Japan also has spies inside China when it was revealed last year that China had arrested two male Japanese citizens suspected of spying in China. One Japanese man was located in Liaoning province and the other Japanese man was arrested in Zhejiang province. The Japanese man accused of being a spy by China was arrested close to a Chinese military installation outside of Shanghai. When it was revealed two Japanese men were arrested in China last year, another Japanese citizen, this time a Japanese woman reported by the BBC, was arrested by Chinese authorizes on suspicion of spying.
Then last year on July 31, 2015 WikiLeaks published news called “Target Tokyo” that identified 35 top secret NSA targets in Japan including the Japanese cabinet and Japanese companies such as Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation. Electronic intercepts related to US-Japan relations, trade negotiations and sensitive climate change strategy. What this NSA deep spying going on of Japan’s institutions probably included any intelligence the US could have picked up on Japan’s intention towards TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) negotiations. Even though TPP has been officially signed, TPP will remain going through further negotiations.
Japan has decided to militarize and that requires an espionage organization that Japan began setting up last year, apparently based on the model of Britain’s MI6. The development of such a spy agency dovetails with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive for a reversal of the ban on overseas military engagement. From the three Japanese that were arrested in China last year, it looks as if Japan has taken on an offensive spying role on foreign governments which only increases further suspicion between China and Japan.