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Parent Examination of Documents Results November 13, 1947
Date 19 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 to Mr. Tavenner (Cont'd) Page 3 13 November 1947 (6) Roosevelt apparently will not extend sea patrols to Greenland at present. He may have decided to change the Neutrality Law to the effect that transportation of war material on U.S. vessels under convoy will be permitted. MATSUOKA is endeavoring to prohibit further advance of the United States in that direction but is doubtful about the effectiveness of his endeavors. 3. IPS Document No. 4060. A - Item 1 (serial 224. page 1 and 3) is a memo from Weizacker dated 17 May 1941. Weizacker informed OSHIMA of the contents of telegram No. 379 to Tokyo dated 15 May 1941 regarding Japanese-American negotiations. (This is IPS Document No. 4059, Item 21, not in evidence). OSHIMA wants to know whether this information is accompanied by a request to influence his Government. Weizacker left this up to OSHIMA's reporting on the matter. The importance of the Japanese-American negotiations is clear to him. Apparently OSHIMA is bitter about the fact that he had to receive information in this matter from Germany and is being kept in the dark by his Foreign Minister. B - Item 5 is a memo from Weizacker to Ribbentrop dated 27 May 1941, about a conference with OSHIMA who informed him about three telegrams he had sent to his Foreign Minister concerning his position in regard to the Japanese-American negotiations. He advocated three conditions without which any negotiations with the United States would be ill-advised. They are: (1)The Tripartite Pact must not be tampered with; (2)Japanese supremacy in East Asia must be maintained secure; (3)America must be kept neutral. MATSUOKA <insert> had </insert> replied to OSHIMA that he would not permit any wavering in the question of the Tripartite Pact. Weizacker then informed OSHIMA about the matter of the Japanese-U.S. negotiations and OSHIMA acknowledged this with thanks. OSHIMA then mentioned German-Russo relations and was informed that the situation is basically unchanged. OSHIMA then expressed his wish to see Ribbentrop, apparently to get a clearer picture of German-Russo developments. -3-