discovered a widespread Chinese effort to use sex to steal military technology.
Attractive Chinese female intelligence agents are marrying members of the
Japanese armed forces, and then using that access to obtain military secrets.
The situation has been complicated by the military attempts to keep these
"embarrassing incidents" secret. The government was particularly anxious to
keep the Americans in the dark about all this, since the Chinese apparently got
their hands on Aegis anti-aircraft system technology via their lady spies.
Actually, most of the
Chinese agents don't have to marry Japanese troops. Just putting out usually
does the trick. In Japan, the military doesn't get much respect, and many of
the bases are in backwaters. So the troops are pretty lonely. It's not unusual
for Chinese women to be in the country, as many come, legally or illegally,
looking for jobs. The set-up is perfect for using the old "honey pot" (sexual
entrapment) routine to extract military secrets.
The military geeks are the
most sought after by the Chinese spies, as these guys have access to the most
valuable military secrets. Geeks tend to be least experienced with women, and
most vulnerable to a clever, and shapely, Chinese spy. Military commanders are
not sure if they have got the problem under control, but now that the situation
is out in the open, there will be more efforts to tighten up security. As the
Japanese expected, the Americans were not amused. And the Chinese honey pot
scandal was apparently one reason for refusing to sell F-22s to Japan. To make
matters worse, part of the Japanese cover-up involved prosecuting the Chinese
spies on immigration, not espionage, charges.