New book chronicles account of WWII Japanese American spy

December 9, 2013  |   |  2 Comments
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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education’s Curriculum Research and Development Group has published Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy.

Arthur Komori, a Nisei from Hawaiʻi, was one of two Japanese Americans recruited to the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps to pose as Japanese sympathizers and spy on Japan’s activities in Manila in the months leading up to World War II. When the war started, this Nisei served his country as a translator and undercover agent both on the front lines and behind the scenes in General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters, even while at home over 120,000 Japanese Americans were interned in relocation camps.

More than just a spy, Komori’s varied responsibilities also included interrogating prisoners of war and helping to train new linguist recruits and prepare them for work in the Pacific. Komori was also with MacArthur when he retook the Philippines and was in Tokyo Bay to witness the surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Powers.

Fortunately, Komori recorded his story in journals, reports, and even poetry. This long overdue account of a decorated Military Intelligence Hall of Fame inductee reveals an important chapter in the history of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy is available at the Curriculum Research and Development Group website.

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