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Entering harbor are 4 class B cruisers; 3 destroyers. All aircraft carriers and heavy cruisers have departed harbor…. No indication of any changes in U. Fleet or anything unusual. The message, the last of many sent from the code room at the Japanese consulate in Honolulu, was received only hours before the attack—now 70 years ago.
Rather, Takeo Yoshikawa, a naval officer attached to the consulate and known to the Americans, had simply watched the comings and goings of the fleet from afar, with no more access than a tourist.
Instead, he raised little suspicion, and his observations helped the Japanese piece together an extraordinarily detailed attack plan, ensuring its success.
His appointment was made to expedite the work on expatriation applications and other matters. This suggested that he was new to the foreign service—or that he was something other than a diplomat.
Morimura was in fact Takeo Yoshikawa. A graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, Yoshikawa served as a midshipman aboard the battleship Asama and the light cruiser Ura before training as a naval aviator.
Promoted to ensign in Julythe young officer seemed well on his way to a promising career in the Imperial Navy. About this time, however, Yoshikawa was stricken with a stomach ailment and sent home to recuperate.
He felt his career was over. I read history too. Like the works of Mahan, the famous American admiral. In August Yoshikawa was tapped to go to Hawaii on an intelligence mission. He was ordered to keep the mission a secret, even from his peers at the Naval General Staff.
His orders were to monitor the activities and movements of the American fleet in Pearl Harbor and report on the U. But he was to be employed by the Foreign Office in Tokyo, and his connections to the navy were severed.
To conceal his true identity, he was given the name Tadashi Morimura. But it was not untila year after the occupation ended, that Yoshikawa publicly revealed his role. He also handed Kita six hundred-dollar bills, the cash to fund his espionage. Pacific Fleet had permanently moved from San Diego to Pearl Harbor in Maythe consulate had supplied regular intelligence to Tokyo from what could be gleaned from Honolulu newspapers and casual observations.
By the time Yoshikawa arrived in Hawaii, however, the plan for an attack upon the American fleet at Pearl Harbor was well under way. It was critical that the consulate increase its intelligence gathering without compromising its diplomatic cover.
The inherent danger was real: After carrying out the routine duties that provided his cover, he typically left the consulate around 10 a. From there he hailed a taxi, and went to Aiea Heights, which had an excellent view of Pearl Harbor.
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