November 4, 1941
Purple (CA) (Urgent)
1. Proposal "B".
This proposal is based upon proposal "A". If there appears to be a remarkable difference between the Japanese and American views, since the situation does not permit of delays, it will be necessary to
put forward some substitute plan. Therefore, our second formula is advanced with the idea of making a last effort to prevent something happening. The substance is as follows:
(1) The Governments of Japan and the United States agree that neither will militarily invade any area in Southeast Asia and the South Seas with the exception of French Indo-China.
(2) The Governments of Japan and the United States will cooperate mutually in guaranteeing the obtention of the materials they need in Netherlands India.
(3) The Governments of Japan and the United States will mutually return to the situation prior to the freezing of their respective assets sod the Government of the United States will agree to furnish Japan with the petroleum she needs.
(4) The Government of the United States will engage in no activity which might put an obstacle in the way of Japan in her efforts to make peace with China.
(1) If necessary, upon the establishment of this understanding, as soon as peace is established between Japan and China, or as soon as a just peace is made in the Pacific area, Japan has no objection to promising to evacuate her troops.
(2) If necessary, we will insert an additional stipulation concerning the interpretation and carrying out of the Three-Power Pact and the question of non-discrimination in commerce which were referred to in proposal "A" in my #726 [a].
Army 24338 Trans. 11/4/41 (S)
[a] See S.I.S. #24334 to 24337.
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)