1937-1941: Golden Lily, The Second Sino-Japanese War, The Rape of Nanking, and World War II
One of history’s least known yet most infamous individuals is Prince Chichibu (also known as Prince Yasuhito), the brother of then Emperor Hirohito of Japan. It is well known that the English speaking Chichibu went to great lengths to establish good relations between Japan and England; most especially with the British royal family.
Beginning in the late 1920’s Prince Chichibu, along with General Tomoyuki Yamashita (who later became the general of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II), as well as Admiral Yoshio Kodama, were tasked by the Emperor with undertaking an ultra-secret operation known as Golden Lily. The purpose of this operation was to plunder China and Southeast Asia’s vast treasures and take them under Japanese control. The first step in this vast operation began sometime in the late 1920’s in a devious plot set forth by the Emperor. According to the book Gold Warriors written by Peggy and Sterling Seagrave:
“So, the story of World War 2 loot in the Philippine Islands is no myth *(more on the subject of gold in the Philippines in the next section). As far back as the late 1920s, Emperor Hirohito realized that a new world war was coming. He foresaw that to defeat the United States would require an extraordinary military force backed by unprecedented financing. He organized a special team to confiscate the wealth of Asia. The project (was) entrusted solely to the leadership of the Royal Family (in particular to Prince Chichibu, Hirohito’s younger brother). This team was code named Kin No Yuri, or Golden Lily.
In the decade preceding the war, Japan introduced hundreds of spies into the twelve Asian nations they would eventually conquer. Disguised as civilians from all walks of life, their mission was to locate and map the storehouses of wealth throughout the regions. Targets included museums, treasuries, banks, churches, temples, monasteries, shrines, mining operations and large corporations, as well as wealthy families and organized crime syndicates. Detailed reports were continually sent to the royalty in Tokyo who wanted to have one basic thing, a list of whoever held the keys and combinations to the vaults who would soon become candidates for interrogation and torture.”
Prince Chichibu, brother of Emperor Hirohito and commander of Operation Golden Lily
In the summer of 1937, the Second Sino-Japanese war was underway between Japan and China (this conflict ultimately served as a precursor to World War II). In the years leading up to this war, relations between Japan and China had been shaky at best, and small-scale conflicts had raged for years.
The conflict may have officially begun in the summer of 1937, but it was in December of that same year that a massacre of untold proportions took place: The Rape of Nanking, in which the then Chinese capital city was invaded and laid completely to waste by the Japanese armies. It is said that as part of this conflict, hundreds of thousands of citizens living in Nanking, men, women, and children, were massacred. The Second Sino-Japanese War raged on for years until, in 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor embroiled the Asian world in a full-scale global conflict.
One of the aspects of World War II that often goes unnoticed is that of the wide-scale looting of treasure undertaken by the Nazi regime during the war. It is well documented that the Nazis did in fact plunder vast sums of treasure and wealth from throughout Europe, much of which (it is reported) was recovered by Allied forces after the war, but some of which remains missing to this day. Please see the following clip from the documentary film Gold! Man’s Greatest Obsession.
Left to Right: Allied forces seizing Jewish treasures in 1945 in a mine at Merkers in Southern Germany (the man reaching into the chest is Supreme Allied Commander of European forces Dwight D. Eisenhower); Bags of plundered Nazi gold recovered at Merkers; Crates of gold bullion recovered from the Reichsbank, the central bank of Germany.
What has been almost completely brushed aside by history, however, is that of the plunders of the Japanese in China and in Southern Asia (thirteen nations in all) as part of Operation Golden Lily, which continued more aggressively than ever during World War II. The sheer volume of gold and treasure that was stolen from the Chinese and other nations during the war years makes the looting undertaken by the Nazis in Europe look like a common convenience store robbery.
To this very day, it remains common knowledge throughout China that vast wealth was taken from them both before and during the war, but because of the utter secrecy of Operation Golden Lily, as well as the complete control of media outlets in the Western world throughout the entire course of the 20th century, this fact has gone completely unreported in the West. Which begs the question: Knowing full well that treasure more vast than can be imagined was taken as part of the war effort, why has this gone unreported, and where exactly did all of this treasure end up?
|Gold bullion recovered from tunnels dug
in the Philippines as part of Operation Golden Lily
The following is a short documentary film on the subject. Note that the man speaking in the film, Rhawn Joseph, claims that the gold and treasures plundered by the Japanese totaled $100 billion dollars. This figure in confirmed in the book Gold Warriors, written by investigative journalists Sterling and Peggy Seagrave (much more on this book to come further on in this report). As you will read in the next section of this report, vast amounts of this stolen treasure were hidden by the Japanese throughout the Philippines. As the authors tell us,
“…a ranking Japanese officer who was a cousin of Emperor Hirohito…(confirms) that the Japanese had hidden over $100 billion worth of treasure in the Philippines and it would take ‘more than a century’ to recover it all.'”
It should be noted, however, that based upon additional information provided later in this report, this $100 billion dollar estimate is in fact a grossly underestimated figure.
1941-1945: The Philippine Occupation
As World War II raged on throughout Europe and Asia, the treasures amassed by Japan were so vast that they required a place to be stored off the Japanese mainland. Beginning in December of 1941, and immediately following the invasion of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese began a full-scale occupation of the Philippines. The forces of General Douglas Macarthur, supreme commander of the U.S. armed forces of the Far East, were driven out of the country. In January of 1942 Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, was occupied, and then-President Quezon fled the country. The Japanese invasion forces were ruthless in their invasion of the islands, but oddly enough they spared the city of Manila from decimation.
Over the course of the next four years, the Japanese began to secretly transport the hordes of wealth captured from China and the rest of Asia to the Philippines. The idea was that once the war effort was complete, the treasure would be moved back to Japan, to the capital city of Tokyo. However, as the war progressed and the tide of battle began to turn, General Yamashita realized that the effort was lost.
In the summer of 1945, the Japanese military began a massive undertaking to cover the entrances of the many underground caves and tunnels that they had built throughout the Philippines to store the treasure. This was done by detonating dynamite at the entrances of the caves and tunnels. It was decided at the time by the most senior officials of the Japanese military as well as the government that knowledge of the treasure sites should remain with only a small number of ruling elites. Thus, the thousands of civilians, prisoners of war, and even a select number of Japanese soldiers that were used to create the tunnels, caves, and mineshafts would be buried inside along with the treasure. Many were gunned down on the spot and their bodies buried in the tunnels. All told, it is estimated that as many as 175 vast networks of tunnels were created and then sealed over, each one containing vast sums of gold, silver, and ancient treasure that accounted for the majority of the treasures accumulated by China and other nations over thousands of years of trade along the Silk Road.
The following sources are good places to start in one’s search to begin unraveling the mysteries of these hidden treasures buried throughout the Philippines:
Unwanted Publicity Intelligence is perhaps the most interesting accounting of the above information to be found on the internet. It contains a great deal of sensitive material, including photos and videos which were never intended to be leaked to the public. One video in particular is quite astonishing: Live, behind-the-scenes video footage of police officers confiscating $134.5 billion dollars worth of bonds on the Swiss/Italian border in 2009 (more about this important event to come later in this report). The authors of the site wish to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons) but refer to themselves collectively as the ‘Unwanted Publicity Information Group’.
Important Update 12/02/2012: Please note that as of December 2012, the internet site for the Unwanted Publicity Information Group, the single most extensive source in the world for information concerning these financial affairs, has been taken down.
The Secret Gold Treaty, released in 2000 by former banking insider David Guyatt (who had a thirty year career as an investment banker in London), is one the earliest known texts regarding the current state of affairs concerning the Global Collateral Accounts. The text is available as a free PDF download by clicking HERE. You may also visit the following LINK to read the book online and to view more than 100 photos of the individuals involved as well as highly sensitive documents corroborating much of what Guyatt reports in his book.
The following research articles, entitled The Spoils of War and Princes of Plunder, were also written by Guyatt. His web site, Deep Black Lies, seems to contain a great deal of sensitive material, including down-loadable books with many photos and seized documents.
This particular book, Gold Warriors, is unique in scope, and goes into great detail regarding the hordes of gold buried in the Philippines. According to information found on the website for Verso Publishing, the independent publishing house that released this book, Sterling Seagrave is a former reporter for the Washington Post now turned freelance investigative journalist, who has contributed work to Time, Life, Atlantic Monthly, and the Far Eastern Economic Review. It appears also that the Seagraves have their own independent publishing company called Bowstring Books, and have authored several other titles dealing with many of the same issues regarding the history of the Pacific Rim.
Here is a link to a private Education Forum in which this book is reviewed and discussed. Also on this page is a type of question and answer forum in which Sterling Seagrave answers questions about the book.
World War 2 Treasure is a web site that appears to be actively seeking international investors to fund further expeditions into the Philippines in search of the buried treasure.
1944: Bretton Woods and The Black Eagle Trust
The tales of vast amounts of gold and ancient treasures stolen by the Japanese as part of Operation Golden Lily and later hidden throughout Japan and buried in the Philippines became known to the Allied forces through a vast and complex network of spies. Two men in particular, Severino Garcia Santa Romana (known as Santy in intelligence circles) and General Edward Lansdale were charged with finding out the exact locations of the treasure tunnels throughout the Philippines. In 1945, after the surrender of General Yamashita, Santa Romana took his chauffeur, a one Major Kojima Kashii, into custody. Kashii was tortured, and he eventually revealed the locations of some of these treasure sites. In November of 1945, Santy and Lansdale led General Douglas Macarthur, chief commander of the U.S. forces in the Pacific during World War II, straight to the treasure sites.
In July of 1944, delegates from 44 nations met in New Hampshire and developed the Bretton Woods system of monetary management. On the outside, this was shown to be an effort to rebuild the world’s financial system in the aftermath of World War II (by this point, the war had turned in favor of the Allied forces on all fronts). The idea seemed noble enough. However, there was a hidden agenda behind all of this. Because of vast spy networks that had been established behind the scenes throughout the course of the war, the top level brass had knowledge of the treasures that were plundered by the Nazis and the Japanese. In anticipation of the securing of these riches by the Allied forces, the delegates set up the International Monetary Fund, and discussed what should be done with the plunder once in the hands of the Allied forces. However, it was not until later in 1945, when both General Dwight D. Eisenhower as well as General Macarthur had informed President Truman just how vast the treasure indeed was, that the powers that be decided to set up the ultra secret Black Eagle Trust (named after the black eagle symbol of the Third Reich). One of the main players in the establishment of this fund was Henry L. Stimson, then U.S. Secretary of War. Various reports in the public domain that have attempted to catalogue the amount of riches lost in the war in both Europe and Asia estimate that this treasure amounted to a total of 280,000 tonnes of metric gold, not including jewels and diamonds.
Between 1945 and 1947, astronomical sums of gold bullion and jewels were transferred out of Germany, Japan, the Philippines, and other sites throughout Asia and moved into 172 accounts in 42 different nations, one of the largest of these being called the M Fund(that would be ‘M’ for General William Frederic Marquat, one of General MacArthur’s most trusted military insiders). Vast amounts went straight into the accounts of the Federal Reserve as well as the Bank for International Settlements. Over the years, these riches have been used as part of a global political action fund to accomplish the following:
o To bribe statesmen and military officials as well as to buy elections the world over. One way in which this has been accomplished is through the massive amounts of campaign funding received by politicians throughout the Western world to ensure that the right people get into positions of power, i.e. those who will watch out for the interests of the bankers and the money holders (the heirs to the thrones of the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and J.P. Morgans of the world)
o To create a global policy of implementing western capitalism and fighting communism. While this may seem to many to be a noble cause, it is deeply flawed, as in actuality it has created an enormous rift between Russia/China and the U.S./European/Japanese alignments, and has left most of the rest of the world in a perpetual state of poverty, with little power to influence global affairs.
o Potentially as part of a massive cover up involving a false flag operation on September 11th, 2001 intended to cover up the clearing of $240 billion dollars in securities bonds covertly created in September of 1991 to fund a covert economic war against the Soviet Union, during which unknown western investors bought up much of the Soviet industry, with a focus on oil and gas. News reports have also surfaced that in the wake of the attacks, massive amounts of gold disappeared from the basements of the World Trade Centers’ basement vaults, which may ultimately link back to the Black Eagle Trust (much more on this further on in this report).
“As we are told by former London banking insider David Guyatt in his research report entitled Project Hammer,”
“The financial, banking and economic shadow-world…is the dirty little secret of the Western economy. It is a form of money creation that is effectively unchallenged by any form of oversight or accountability as we understand it.”
The ramifications of this much wealth are staggering. It is difficult to say with any certainty what the totals amount to, but it is certainly trillions of dollars many, many times over. Remember, we are talking about most of the gold, jewels, and treasures (not to mention diamonds, which are another matter entirely) that have been accumulated over the course of thousands years. It has given the United States and its allies a seemingly limitless amount of funds with which to use to steer global policy into the future. But seeing as how the money was ultimately put into the hands of private banking cartels such as the Federal Reserve, it has allowed these institutions to become, for all intents and purposes, the masters of the universe. It has become the most grand theft imaginable, and may very well be the MAIN REASON why the world finds itself in such turmoil today. We all know that the wealth of the world is not being shared, but very few realize just how much wealth there really is to be had. Understand also that all of these precious metals, jewels, diamonds, ancient treasures, and most especially gold represent the REAL wealth of the world. It will come as a shock to many to know that the free people of the planet are, to a large degree, not a part of this off-ledger, occult economic system. It is for this very reason why, in the United States for example, we trade in Federal Reserve Notes, which are paper currently which are not legally ‘backed’ by much of anything. And if they are backed by off-ledger gold, these are not assets that legally belong to the Federal Reserve nor to the BIS. In essence, the majority of the world’s real wealth has been hijacked and is, for the most part, being kept a closely guarded secret. It is for this very reason why the wealth of the world is centered into the hands of a very small number of people, while the mass populace is made to struggle along in day to day life, never being invited into this world of hidden riches.