Date: May 9, 1941
FROM: Los Angeles (Nakauchi)
TO: Tokyo (Gaimudaijin)
(In 2 parts--complete)
Re your message # 180 to Washington.
We are doing everything
in our power to establish outside contacts in connection with our efforts
to gather intelligence material. In this regard, we have decided to
make use of white persons and Negroes, through Japanese persons whom
we can't trust completely. (It not only would be very difficult to hire
U.S. (military ?) experts for this work at the present time, but the
expenses would be exceedingly high.) We shall, futhermore, maintain
close connections with the Japanese Association, the Chamber of Commerce,
and the newspapers.
With regard to airplane
manufacturing plants and other military establishments in other parts,
we plan to establish very close relations with various organizations
and in strict secrecy have them keep these military establishments under
close surveillance. Through such means, we hope to be able to obtain
accurate and detailed intelligence reports. We have already established
contacts with absolutely reliable Japanese in the San Pedro and San
Diego area, who will keep a close watch on all shipments of airplanes
and other war materials, and report the amounts and destinations of
such shipments. The same steps have been taken with regard to traffic
across the U.S.--Mexican border.
We shall maintain
connection with our second-generations who are at present in the (U.S.)
Army, to keep us informed of various developments in the Army. We also
have connections with our second generations working in airplane plants
for intelligence purposes.
With regard to the
Navy, we are cooperating with our Naval Attache's office, and are submitting
reports as accurately and as speedily as possible.
We are having Nakazawa
investigate and summarize information gathered through first hand and
newspaper reports, with regard to military movements, labor disputes,
communistic activities and other similar matters. With regard to anti-Jewish
movements, we are having investigations made by both prominent Americans
and Japanese who are connected with the movie industry which is centered
in this area. We have already established connections with very influential
Negroes to keep us informed with regard to the Negro movement.