A 'Spy' Who Admired the Queen
He spent six years in British prisons and internment camps as a â€˜spyâ€™ but still admired the Queen at the end of his life. His daughter, Edna Eguchi Read, 83, of Milton Keynes, England, spent years to research to find out what happened to her Japanese father Takayuki Eguchi.
Â Â Read was born in London in 1929 to English mother Winifred Thompson and Japanese father Takayuki Eguchi, who had come to study at the London School of Economics and later worked for a bank in London. In 1940, Takayuki was arrested under the Aliens Order 1920. It was well before Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She would never see him again.
Â Â Takayuki had been detained for six years until 1946 in prisons and internment camps without knowing the reason of lengthy detention, and was never allowed back to Britain to see his wife and children. Read decided to write to him in Japan after a 22-year silence and they exchanged many letters but it was less than five years before Takayuki passed away. He sent her his internment diaries he kept on Bronco toilet papers with a fountain pen.
Â Â Read researched thoroughly a huge amount of documents including foreign correspondences to find out the reason why Takayuki had to have been detained so long. After the research, she believes that Takayukiâ€™s lengthy detention was for Britainâ€™s attempt to exchange him for a British national, who had been arrested on suspicion of espionage earlier in Japan.
Â Â Read also found 19 scrolls at the British Museum, which were originally gifts from her grandfather to her father when her older sister died young. They were confiscated during wartime and later auctioned.
Â Â Years after Takayuki died, she found portraits drawn by him of her mother Winifred and Queen Elizabeth II. When Readâ€™s mother Winifred passed away later, she was buried with Takayukiâ€™s clothes sent to her from his family as she had asked Read to do so.
Â Â Read was involved in a car accident near her home and subsequently died in last October.
**The last drawing is courtesy of Edna Eguchi Read**