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Parent Examination of Documents Results November 6, 1947
Date 6 November 1947
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 6
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from November 1947
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
6 November 1947 MEMORANDUM FOR: Mr. Frank S. Tavenner FROM: Lt. K. Steiner I have examined the documents enumerated below with the following results: 1. IPS Doc. 1383 — a. Telegram No. 185 is dated 3 May 1941 and was <insert>sent</insert> by the military attache to the Embassy in Germany to the "Assistant Chief" (Addressee is not specified in any way except by this title. Considering the position of the sender, it was probably addressed to the Vice Chief of the General Staff. There is a signature in ink next to the address which I was unable to decipher. The original also shows the seal of the Foreign Ministry and the words "Vice Minister" written in ink together with the signature in red pencil which is also hardly legible. The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time was OHASHI, <insert>and</insert> Japanese scanners inform me that the signature <insert>is probably</insert> his.*). This telegram was processed as Doc. 1383-D (9) and not used in evidence. The sender warns that a visit of MATSUOKA to the U.S. will produce a bad influence on the Tripartite Alliance and will undo the effects of MATSUOKA's visit to Germany and Italy. It condemns further a statement by the Chief of the Intelligence Office (should probably be Information Bureau) that Germany and Italy should be asked concerning the visit to the U.S. The telegram ends with these words: "If this situation be left alone a problem regarding the resignation of Ambassador OSHIMA may arise; a fiasco in the principle of our foreign diplomacy may take place. I wish you would consider these points very seriously." The telegram may be useful in the case against OSHIMA because it shows together with other facts already in evidence OSHIMA's technique in influencing Japanese foreign policy in the direction desired by him, namely, by using at crucial times the threat of his resignation. b. Telegram Nos. 567, 568 and 569 are all parts of Exh. 1075 and have been read in full (p. 9918). Further scanning of IPS Doc. 1383 produced also the following: a.Telegram No. 480 from OSHIMA to MATSUOKA dated 4th May and dealing with the same matter as Telegram No. 185 above, viz. the rumor of MATSUOKA's trip to the U.S. and ISHII's statement that it should be ascer¬tained from Germany and Italy whether they object or not, and that the