EXHIBIT NO. 6 (HART INQUIRY)
16 October 1941.
Action: CINCLANT CINCPAC CINCAF (ACKNOWLEDGE).
The resignation of the Japanese Cabinet has created a grave situation X If a new Cabinet is formed it will probably be strongly nationalistic and anti American X If the Konoye Cabinet remains the effect will be that it will operate under a new mandate which will not include rapprochement with the US X In either case hostilities between Japan and Russia are a strong possibility X Since the US and Britain are held responsible by Japan for her present desperate situation there is also a possibility that Japan may attack these two powers X In view of these possibilities you will take due precautions including such preparatory deployments as will not disclose strategic intention nor constitute provocative actions against Japan X Second and third adees inform appropriate Army and Naval district authorities X Acknowledge XX
(PROCEEDINGS OF THE HART INQUIRY)