The Kokury’kai was founded in 1901 by Uchida Ryohei, and linked to Geny’sha started. (Uchida was a follower of the founder of the Geny’sha Mitsuru Toyama.) Its name derives from the Amur River, called Heilongjiang or “Black Dragon River” in Chinese language, which is read in Japanese as Kokury’-k ‘. Always a symbol of efforts to maintain outside the Russian Empire in East Asia or the south of the Amur River.
The Kokury’kai initially hzo tremendous efforts to maintain the distance to its predecessor Geny’sha by the presence of known criminals tied to the Yakuza between his paintings. As a result, its members included government ministers and senior military officers as well as renowned professionals. But as time passed we found that many professional activities were appropriate for an end to some of its operations.
The Society published a journal, and operated as a spy training school, from where he dispatched agents to intelligence operations in Russia, Manchuria, Korea and China. Even many Japanese political pressure to adopt a foreign policy hard. The Kokuryukai also advocated for a pan-Asian policy, and provided support and financial support to revolutionaries like Sun Yat-sen, and Emilio Aguinaldo.
During the Russo-Japanese War, the annexation of Korea and the intervention in Siberia Imperial Japanese Navy made use of the network Kokury’kai to espionage and sabotage. They organized warfare in Manchuria against the Russians in building the Chinese warlords and bandits in the region, the most important was Marshal Chang Tso-lin.
Onisaburo Deguchi, Toyama Mitsuru and Uchida Ryohei
The Kokury’kai attended the Japanese spy, Colonel Motojiro Akashi. Akashi, who was not a member of the Black Dragon, an amount a successful operation in China, Manchuria, Siberia and established contacts with the Arab world. These contacts in Central Asia were maintained throughout the Second World War. The Black Dragon is also a contact and even alliances with religious sects in Asia.
During the decades of 1920 and 1930, the Kokury’kai main influence policy in several regional governments.
Initially only directed against Russia, starting in the 30s, the Kokury’kai expanding its activities worldwide, with agents in Ethiopia, Turkey, Morocco, throughout southwestern Asia and South America, as well as Europe and the U.S. .
In 1942, FBI agents arrested members of the Black Dragon Society in the San Joaquin Valley of California .
The Kokury’kai was officially dissolved by order of Commander of the American forces of occupation in 1946. According to the book by Brian Victoria Daizen Zen War Stories, Black Dragon Society was reconstituted in 1961 as the Kokury’-Kurabu currently continuing in operation .