Japanese Proposal (Plan B) of 20 November 1941

    Submitted by the Ambassador Nomura to Secretary of State Hull on 20 November 1941:

  1. Both the Governments of Japan and the United States undertake not to make any armed advancement into any of the regions in the Southeastern Asia and the Southern Pacific area excepting the part of French Indo-China where the Japanese troops are stationed at present.

  2. The Japanese Government undertakes to withdraw its troops now stations in French Indo-China upon either the restoration of peace between Japan and China or the establishment of an equitable peace in the Pacific area.

    In the meantime the government of Japan declares that it is prepared to remove its troops now stationed in the southern part of French Indo-China to the northern part of the said territory upon the conclusion of the present arrangement which shall later be embodied in the final agreement.

  3. The Government of Japan and the United States shall cooperate with a view to securing the acquisition of those good and commodities which the two countries need in Netherlands East Indies.

  4. The Governments of Japan and the United States mutually undertake to restore their commercial relations to those prevailing prior to the freezing of the assets.

    The Government of the United States shall supply Japan a required quantity of oil.

  5. The Government of the United States undertakes to refrain from such measures and actions as will be prejudicial to the endeavors for the restoration of general peace between Japan and China.

American Counter-Proposal to Japanese Plan B -- November 26, 1941

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