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Parent SAITO, Yoshie
Date 8 September 1947
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 5
Folder General Memoranda and Reports from September 1947
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
8 September 1947 MEMORANDUM To: Mr. D. N. Sutton FROM: Mr. L. C. Dunigan RE: SAITO, Yoshie The above named person submitted an Affidavit on Jun 12, 1947 (Defense Doc. 1592) which was rejected by the Tribunal. Discussion of that Affidavit is contained in pages 24,239 to 24,252 of the Record. Mr. Sutton called Owen Cunningham, Defense Lawyer, in my presence on Friday, September 5th and MR. Cunningham intimated that he was going to re-submit the original Affidavit and read certain portions thereof. He promised to furnish Mr. Sutton with a deleted copy which would indicate those portions that he intended to re-submit. Anticipating that we may not have much time after Mr. Cunningham furnished his deleted copy, I submit to you the following items which the Cross-examiner may decide to use in lieu of cross-examination. Exhibit 552 (R 6350) is a record of a conference of the Investigation Committee of the Privy Council on the subject of conclusion of the Tripartite Pact held on September 26, 1940, just one day prior to the signing of the Pact. TOJO, MATSUOKA, HOSHINO and MUTO of the accused were present. The Exhibit indicates the considerations which motivated Japanese leaders in concluding the Pact. At (R 6353) War Minister TOJO said ?Ç£As far as the Army is concerned, only a part of its strength would be employed in case of war with the United States.?Ç¥ At (R 6360) Foreign Minister MATSUOKA said ?Ç£By Greater East Asia I mean the area which includes French Indo-China, Thailand, Burma, the Straits Settlements and the Oceanic group comprising the Dutch East Indies, New Guinea, New Caledonia, etc. At (R 6365) War Minister TOJO said ?Ç£As for the Army, the supply of oil on hand would be enough to cover our operations for some time to come but I have no confidence in this respect if war should continue three to four years further.?Ç¥ -1-