Japan’s Intelligence Network in Chile During the Second World War

Pedro Iacobelli*

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Abstract

The Second World War became the backdrop of Japanese espionage activities in Latin America that helped to delay the total expulsion of Japanese officers and businesses from the Americas and confinement of Japanese communities. Based on archival information gathered in Japan, the US and Chile, the article examines Japan’s intelligence-gathering activity in Chile and pays attention to its composition and limitations. By doing so, it re-examines the trans-nationality of Japan’s state apparatuses in South America and Chile’s place in the global conflict. The article advances the argument that Japan’s subversive activities in Chile were relentless and had a regional scope beyond one nation-state. Divided into two sections, the article covers the period from the months prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor until the final days of the Japanese legation in Chile in January 1943.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-95
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Contemporary History
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author wishes to thank Prof. Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Dr. Laura Tavolacci for their comments on earlier versions of this article. The author also wishes to thank the JCH editors and the following people who provided valuable feedback or information during the research: Teresa Cole, Nicolás Barrientos, Nicolás Lema, Ulises Parraguez, Joaquin Gutierrez and Nicolás Camino, as well as the two anonymous reviewers who helped strengthen a subsequent draft. This work was funded by the CONICYT- Fondecyt Grant No. 11160011.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2020.

Keywords

  • Chile
  • espionage
  • Japan
  • MAGIC
  • Second World War

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