A former member of Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force has said that there is a secret unit within the military that has been conducting intelligence activities for the past years without the knowledge of the Prime Minister or Defense Minister. The source claims that the unit has even successfully sent a spy into North Korea and operates safe houses in Russia, China and South Korea.
The source told a leading Japanese newspaper that a superior told him to enroll in a psychological warfare and security course in a Kodaira school, which traces its roots back to the Nakano school of the Imperial Army, where soldiers learned the art of espionage and counterintelligence. Most of the people in the class were from the GSDF, with a few from other branches as well. They were trained to track people, infiltrate organizations and conduct surveillance operations. When they graduated, they were assigned to “teams” and forbidden to contact other people and they were also officially not part of the SDF anymore, but still received full salary and retirement benefits.
Their headquarters were in the basement of the Defense Ministry in the Ichigaya district of Tokyo and worked only with their respective groups, without any knowledge of each other’s real names. They started their illegal operations during the Cold War with the Soviet Union as their primary target, along with China and North Korea. The United States military allegedly provided assistance and support to the unit and the source believes it is still closely connected with other covert agencies in the U.S. and they share intelligence on governments that they believe to be a threat to both countries.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has denied that any such unit exists in the country. He said that he has already verified with the GSDF chief of staff and as far as they know, there has not been a unit like that either in the past or at present.
[ via Telegraph ]