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Parent Interpretation of the Potsdam Declaration
Date 5 March 1947
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 4
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from March 1947
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
#2 5 March 1947 punished by the Japanese Government itself. The Emperor stated that the so-called war criminal suspects were his most faithful subjects and he had not the heart to do so (Not in evidence). 4.Kido's statement that at the time of the Pottsdam Declaration the Cabinet was divided as to the inclusion of a condition that the Japanese Government itself would punish the persons responsible for the war is borne out by the interrogations of Admiral Yonai (File 297). Yonai states that several ministers wanted to make four conditions but finally the Foreign Minister1s plan to make the only condition the retention of the Emperor System was accepted. Admiral Yonai has been requested as a Defense witness and it might be possible to interrogate him on this in cross examination. The Prime Minister at the time of surrender, Mr. Kantaro Suzuki, has also been requested as a Defense witness and should be able to give the same story. Apparently he has never been interrogated by the Prosecution. 5.In view of the above, a further search for evidence on this point seems hardly necessary, although I am quite willing to continue to do so if you deem this necessary.