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Parent Examination of Documents Results November 3, 1947
Date 28 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
Memo For: Mr. F.S. Tavenner From : Lt. Steiner 7. Document 4032, item 8, was not introduced in evidence. This is a memorandum of Japanese foreign policy requested by State Secretary Weizsacker on 18 January 1941, and presented to him on 22 January 1941. It is signed by a Dr. Bidder whose position is not specified, but who apparently was an official of the Political Section of the German Foreign Ministry. There is no reference to OSHIMA, but SHIRATORI is mentioned re¬peatedly as having been active together with the Army in the direction of the appointment of the "radical OHASHI" as Vice Foreign Minister. Since MATSUOKA was not fully accepted by radical nationalistic circles SHIRATORI declined the post of Vice Foreign Minister and OHASHI accepted it only for tactical reasons after consultation with SHIRATORI. The rest of the memorandum traces the course of MATSUOKA's foreign policy changing from a policy of understanding with the U.S. to a more active policy in December 1940 or January 1941. In this connection the memorandum states that the Navy is making - technical preparations for the southeast project as is known from confidential reports of the Air Attache in Tokyo. According to the memorandum, KONOYE appointed MATSUOKA in order to leave the door open for an understanding with U.S. It does not appear that introduction of this document would be of value in the case against OSHIMA. — 8. Document 4025, item 11, was not introduced in evidence. It is a memorandum from Weizsacker to Ribbentrop about a conference he had with OSHIMA on 12 July 1941. OSHIMA mentioned a continuous exchange of tele¬grams between himself and MATSUOKA, in which he (OSHIMA) urged MATSUOKA to decide between the Japanese policy directed against the south or north. MATSUOKA while agreeing in principle gave no concrete answer. Regarding Indo-China, OSHIMA stated that occupation of certain positions in south Indo-China as naval and air bases are a pressing need for Japan. OSHIMA seemed not well informed regarding Japanese-U.S. relations. In particular, he did not seem to know that a reply from Washington was received in Tokyo. Upon Weizsacker's remark whether U.S. occupation of Iceland may not be to her confidence and the security of the Pacific Ocean OSHIMA states that the Germans know well his own opinion how America should be dealt with. He had recently advised MATSUOKA again simply to break off negotiations with Washington. d. Document 4036 was rot introduced in evidence. It is a confi¬dential report signed only "L" and dated 3 May 1941, about a conversation between OSHIMA and a confidante apparently of the German Foreign Ministry in which OSHIMA "held a remarkably pessimistic view of the further de¬velopment of Japanese-American relations. He asserted that in Tokyo and