Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community


This event from the UK think tank The Henry Jackson Society looks at the historiography of intelligence-gathering and East Asian security.

The prewar history of the Japanese intelligence community is an indictment of the effects of power and bureaucratic arrogance without insight. Its postwar history—one of limited Japanese power despite growing insight, and a new need to conform to public pressures—has posed further national security challenges. Professor Richard J. Samuel’s recent work, Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community, undertakes an exploration of this experience, analyzing why Japan’s endeavor to create a viable intelligence community has proven to be such a rollercoaster. The vicissitudes of the past century have demonstrated to Japanese leaders the crucial need to strike a balance between power and insight.

The Henry Jackson Society hosts Professor Samuels who will delve into the themes of his new contribution to the historiography of intelligence-gathering and East Asian security.

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