IPS DOC 820 -- continued ITEM 5 — continued 4. Foreign Ministry Report, dated 14 Jan 1938, reveals that the decision was prompted by a request from TERAUCHI, Commander of the North China Army, and also a request from MATSUI, Commander of the Central China army, the latter asking for the clarification of policy towards the CHIANG Regime. The decision, after reached by the Imperial Conference, was conveyed to China byV ice Minister of War, UMEZU. SIGNIFICANCE: 1.This document reveals that the Army, both the War Ministry and the General Staff, was the prime mover behind this China Policy. 2.MATSUI had requested for it, UMEZU carried it to China. 3.Besides the above, this document implicates such a large number of the accused: HIRANUMA— President, Privy Council, present at the Conference HIROTA— Foreign Minister ITAGAKI— Attached to the General Staff KAYA— Finance Minister KIDO— Welfare Minister and Education Minister KIMURA— Director, Ordinance Bureau, War Ministry KOISO— Commander, Korean Army he was notified. MATSUI— Commander, Central China Army, he was notified too. MUTO— Army General Staff SHIRATQRITemporary duty, Foreign Ministry TOJO— Chief of Staff, Kwantung Army UMEZU— Vice Minister of War 4. It is such an over-all plan and involved so many characters that it would not be a surprise if some defense witnesses found their names therein. SUGGESTIONS: 1.This document be immediately processed. 2.It can be introduced at many possible moments, the choice should be left to the discretion of the controlling autho- rity.