13 October 1941
Re my #657*
I presume that your talks with Welles will cover the U. S.-Japanese negotiations in toto. We are particularly anxious to be advised as soon as possible, as I have mentioned in previous messages referring to this subject, on the points listed below. (The situation at home is fast approaching a crisis and it is becoming absolutely essential that the two leaders meet if any adjustment of Japanese-U. S. relations is to be accomplished. I cannot go into details now, but please bear this fact in mind).
1. May we assume that the United States has no particular disagreements other than the three points which are under consideration at the present time?
2. Submitting by the United States a counter proposal to our proposal of __ September. (As you are well aware, our proposal of __ September embodied our claims in the form submitted by the United States as their proposal on 21 June. Should the United States be reluctant to submit a clear-cut counter proposal to ours referred to above, we should request that they submit a basically new proposal immediately).
Of point 1 set forth above, we are particularly interested in being advised of what the United States exactly desires concerning the matter of evacuation or garrisoning of troops.
JD-1: 5779 (D) Navy Trans. 10-13-41 (S-TT)
*JD-1: 5778 (S.I.S. #23420). "We shall cable our instructions with
regard to the talks referred to, subsequently. Please be so advised.
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)