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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
Memo to Mr. Sutton (Cont?ÇÖd) 8 Sept 47 On page 6287 MATSUOKA said ?Ç£Japan is intending to establish a New Order of Greater East Asia as made already public by the Japanese Government, in a circle of Japan, Manchukuo and China including the South Seas.?Ç¥ Exhibit 541 (R 6271) consists of decisions made by the conference of Prime Minister KONOYE, Foreign Minister MATSUOKA, War Minister TOJO and Navy Minister on September 4, 1940. It relates to the strengthening of the Japan-Germany-Italy Axis. At (R 6307) it is stated ?Ç£The trends towards the strengthening of collaboration among Japan, Germany and Italy have likewise become very pronounced. . . .?Ç¥ At (R 6308) in outlining the basic principles it is stated ?Ç£1. To make a fundamental agreement among the three countries in order that they shall mutually cooperate by all possible means in the establishment of a New Order in Europe and in Asia. ?Ç£2. To carry out consultations among the three countries in as short a period of time as possible in regard to the best means of the above mentioned cooperation. ?Ç£3. To begin with, publicity will be given at home and abroad, to the purpose in 1 and 2 above, in the form of a joint declaration of the three countries.?Ç¥ The above exhibits are cited in connection with the motives of the Japanese leaders in concluding the Tripartite Pact. These are mentioned by SAITO in numbered paragraphs 4, 5, and 6 which appear on pages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of his Affidavit. With respect to SAITO?ÇÖs statements that the Tripartite Pact was not concluded in anticipation of war which appear in numbered paragraph 8 on page 13 of his Affidavit, TOJO?ÇÖs statements appearing in Exhibit 552 (R 6350) cited above, are particularly pertinent. [Signed LCD] ___________ LESTER C. DUNIGAN -4-