OSS Operations in Japan During World War II

Greetings, I am researching OSS operational activity inside Japan during World War II.  Where can I find documents containing information on Japanese HUMINT sources and also finished intelligence?

Many thanks in advance!

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    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has custody of Records of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) (Record Group 226). There are a variety of finding aids and indexes to assist with research in Record Group 226 including those arranged by personal name, topic, code name, branch, and directors office files. If you are able to identify specific names or code names for individuals that were involved with OSS operational activity inside Japan this may be the most efficient way to begin your research. For more information about OSS indexes please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RR2R) at archives2reference@nara.gov. Please provide as much detail as possible regarding your research in your request. 

     
    We will be happy to make the records and their finding aids available to you or your representative in the Textual Research Room (Room 2000) here at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. For information about visiting, including how to schedule a visit, please see our website at https://www.archives.gov/college-park.
     
    We hope this assists you with your research!

    Sincerely,

    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
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  • Good evening!  Thank you for your reply.  I just emailed the archives2 address with specific requirements.  

    Thank you again!

  • Good afternoon,

     
    Many thanks for your reply.  Here is what I am specifically researching:
     
    -- From what I can tell the OSS had no human sources operating on the ground in Japan during WW2.  (For example, the Soviets had Richard Sorge collecting intelligence on the ground in Japan.  I am trying to dig up as much as I can on this matter.  
     
         - I would welcome OSS operational files concerning assets, sources, developmental relationships, recruited sources with code names operating in Japan and providing reporting.
     
         - I would welcome any details on recruitment operations (successful or unsuccessful) of HUMINT sources operating one the ground in Japan.
     
         - I would welcome raw and finished intelligence on Japan.  This could provide us with some threads to pull regarding the sources, if any.  I suspect most reporting was from intercepts.
     
         - I would welcome OSS files on human penetrations of the government of Japan and military including the High command and imperial family.
     
         - Lastly, I would welcome OSS operational files concerning human sources reporting on Japan who were operating outside of Japan, or were recruited outside of Japan.
     
    Many thanks in advance!
     
    Best wishes,
    Raymond W
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    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has also received your question via email and has responded to your request through email. While we have responded to your inquiry already, we did want to provide similar information here for your convenience.

    The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has custody of Records of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) (Record Group 226). There are a variety of finding aids and indexes to assist with research in Record Group 226 including those arranged by personal name, topic, code name, branch, and directors office files. Unfortunately the information provided in your inquiry does not include information that we are able to use in searching our indexes for you.
     

    Since OSS records in our custody are widely dispersed, we cannot undertake the extensive research necessary to examine the records and identify the pertinent documents. We are pleased to assist researchers with their work but cannot perform substantive research for them.  


    We will be happy to make appropriate records available in our research rooms should you have an opportunity to visit the National Archives. If you are not able to visit another option is to hire a researcher to conduct research on your behalf. A list of private researchers who are familiar with National Archives facilities is available on our web site at https://www.archives.gov/research/hire-help/index.html.


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    We hope this assists you with your research!

    Sincerely,

    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
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