The first contact of the two military intelligence was established by Jozef Pilsudski
during the battle for Polish independence. War between Japan and Russia in 1904 has created an opportunity because Russia became a common enemy. Initiated the collaboration lasted more than forty years.
Both parties took care of the quality of intelligence. But in the interwar period and the purges of Stalinist Russia was not so easy. German invasion against Poland did not cause the satisfaction of the staff of the Japanese head-office because the Germans signed a pact with the Soviets. Therefore, despite the defeat of the Poland in 1939 cooperation was continued. There was an interesting and complicated situation when Poland as a bigoted enemy of Hitler
was also a silent ally of the another Axis counrty. Michał Rybikowski
was one of the main Polish spies operating in the Soviet territory. Also helped him two spies Alfons Jakubianiec
and Leszek Daszkiewicz
. Their work was supported by the Japanese Embassy in Stockholm especially by the attache, Colonel Tochio Nishimura
, and head of the consulate in Kaunas -Chiune Sugihara
Intelligence work continued even after the Red Army entered the territory of the Baltic States. But in fear of arrest, intelligence network had to be evacuated to Sweden. This was done with the help of Japanese friends. Rybikowski
met there the new Japanese atache Makato Onodera
. Both fell to the taste. Pole under the changed identity was even his interpreter thus having access to the highest dignitaries of the Germany with Wilhelm Canaris
at the helm.
Few people know that in Kaunas Daszyński
organized a large rescue effort Jewish refugees. Together they managed to rescue about 3,500 people by the Japanese wisas. After this action a threat again break the conspiracy all agents arrived to Berlin where they continued espionage activities.
Further cooperation was extremely good and the two interviews, Polish and Japanese drew great benefits. One of the agents Stanislaw Kossok
even won sensational information about the Third Reich, an attack on the Soviet Union. Of course, information ran down to London and Tokyo.
Unfortunately spy network was broken up in late summer 1941. In addition, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor under pressure from Alliance Polish President declared a state of war with Japan. This did not mean, however, prevent cooperation. Although it was not so intensive as before but was still ongoing.
After the war former Polish intelligence servant was living in Canada. Last mission of Rybikowski
took place in 1971. He received the letter from general Onodera
asking for custody of his son who would arrive to Montreal soon as an tourist.