From: Tokyo (Matuoka)
To: Washington (Koshi)
15 February 1941
#073 (2 parts-complete)


Re my #43 *.


The information we particularly desire with regard to intelligence involving U. S. and Canada, are the following:


1. Strengthening or supplementing of military preparations on the Pacific Coast and the Hawaii area; amount and type of stores and supplies; alterations to air ports (also carefully note the clipper traffic.


2. Ship and plane movements (particularly of the large bombers and sea planes).


3. Whether or not merchant vessels are being requisitioned by the government (also note any deviations from regular schedules), and whether any remodelling is being done to them.


4. Calling up of army and navy personnel, their training, (outlook on maneuvers) and movements.


5. Words and acts of minor army and navy personnel.


6. Outlook of drafting men from the view-point of race. Particularly, whether Negroes are being drafted, and if so, under what conditions.


7. Personnel being graduated and enrolled in the army and navy and aviation service schools.


8. Whether or not any troops are being dispatched to the South Pacific by transports; if there are such instances, give description.


9. Outlook of the developments in the expansion of arms and the production set-up; the capacity of airplane production; increase in the ranks of labor.


10. General outlooks on Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, with particular stress on items involving plane movements and shipment of military supplies to those localities.


11. Outlook on U. S. defense set-ups.



12. Contacts (including plane connections) with Central and South America and the South Pacific area. Also outlook on shipment of military supplies to those areas.


Please forward copies of this message as a "Minister's Instruction" to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland (Chicago or New Orleans ?) Vancouver, Ottawa, and Honolulu. Also to Mexico City and Panama as reference material.

#14738 1030 15 February, 1941                    Navy Trans. 2-20-41 (1)
*JD-1: 776-"We have decided to de-emphasize our propaganda work and strengthen our intelligence work in the U. S." (SIS #14341)