CONFIDENTIAL

 

 WAR DEPARTMENT,

 WAR DEPARTMENT GENERAL STAFF,

 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE DIVISION G-2,

 Washington, October 28, 1941.

 

INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE ORIENT

 

Dated August 26, 1941.

 

1. "Mr. HIROTA, a presiding officer at directors' meeting of the Black Dragon Society, told of an order issued by War Minister TOJO (now premier) "to complete full preparation to meet any emergency with United States in the Pacific. All guns to be mounted in the islands of the Pacific under Japanese mandate. The full preparation to be completed in November."

2. HIROTA and others are said to have stated: "War with United States would best begin in December or in February."

3. "Very soon," they say, "the Cabinet will be changed. The new Cabinet would likely start war within sixty days."

S. C.

 

[Handwritten:]

Summary of Inf. 11/3/41

Distribution:

All C. A.'s F. B. I.

All Dept.'s O. N. I.

Alaska State

File

P.M. S.

 

 (PROCEEDINGS OF CLARKE INVESTIGATION pg. 185)