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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2019;9(1): 147-161.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2019.9.1.147
Spying and Espionage in Manchukuo: An Analysis of the Espionage Novel Spy Molly
Zhanyi WANG
PhD student, Nagoya University Graduate School of Letters
「満洲国」の中のスパイ/スパイ戦――スパイ小説「間諜茉莉」論
王占一
名古屋大学大学院人文学研究科博士後期課程
Correspondence  Zhanyi WANG ,Email: wangzhanyi123@126.com
Published online: 30 December 2019.
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ABSTRACT
After the establishment of Manchukuo in 1932, Japanese writers living there produced a range of novels set in Manchukuo, although Manchu magazine focused mainly on publishing short stories. Though many novels feature the kind of propaganda that accompanied the establishment of Manchukuo, there are also many works which reflect the real situation of that period, including espionage novels. At the time when Manchukuo had just been established, the level of espionage among the countries in the region was intense, and so this was a hugely significant issue. Meanwhile, spying and espionage had become a literary subject, and espionage novels set in Manchukuo emerged as a popular form. The Japanese writers there created such novels with plots that are deeply connected to the social environment. An example is Spy Molly, written by Konetoh Juro, which was published in the 164th issue of Manchu. In this paper, based on an overview of the espionage which was current among countries in the region and the resulting production of espionage novels, specific features of the espionage novels of Manchukuo are discussed, using Spy Molly as a prime example.
Keywords: Manchukuo, Spy, Espionage Novel, Spy Molly

キ―ワ―ド: 満洲国, スパイ, スパイ小説, 「間諜茉莉」
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