MIS – Human Secret Weapon
Japan and US. 2012. 100 min. Documentary. B&W, Color. In English with Japanese subtitles. Directed by Junichi Suzuki.
Presented by United Television Broadcasting Systems.
During World War II, the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) was secretly formed by the U.S. Army, and was mostly comprised of "Nisei" ("second generation") Japanese American men. They had pledged absolute allegiance to the United States at a time when most Japanese Americans were facing social and political inequalities. Braving the many prejudices against them, "Nisei" soldiers of MIS had to fight against Japan, their parents’ homeland, and proved their patriotism to the country that had placed their families in internment camps. During WWII, the MIS was successful in persuading the surrender of Japanese troops and helping many civilians avoid the path of suicide that they would have otherwise taken. They would go on to play a crucial role in expediting Japan’s recovery following Japan’s formal surrender in 1945. There were about 3000 MIS soldiers during the war and another 3000 who served during the occupation of Japan. Despite their contributions and achievements during the war, information regarding the MIS remained top secret and was long classified by the government.
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