December 4, 1941
Departmental secret to be handled in Government code. Strictly secret outside the department.
On the 4th, the Government held a conference for control and liaison and decided on the policy which Manchukuo must follow in case of a sudden change in the International relations. It is as follows:
When Japan enters a war, Manchukuo for the time being shall not enter it because of Manchukuo's relation to Japan and her policy. Manchukuo shall treat Great Britain, the United States and Netherland Indies as enemy countries, and shall take measures to that end.
The Principal Points.
1. Manchukuo shall not recognize either the consuls and _ _ _ _ _ or _ _ _ _ _ as enjoying _ _ _ _ _ privileges and shall forbid them to carry on their duties. (The use of code telegrams and short wave radio sets shall be prohibited). Furthermore in regards to the treatment to be accorded, performance of their duties. Manchukuo shall accord treatment in the spirit of fairness following the methods employed by Japan in dealing with latest _ _ _ _ _.
2. Manchukuo follows the same methods as Japan in dealing with public and private properties of _ _ _ _ _ and the _ _ _ _ _.
3. Manchukuo shall not recognize any request addressed to any third power for the protection of consulate buildings and the interests of the residents. However, Manchukuo shall carry out her legal measures following the methods employed in Japan for dealing with _ _ _ _ _ and do so in the spirit of fairness and justice.
4. In the treatment to be accorded the citizens of Soviet Russia residing in Manchukuo in view of the existence of a neutrality treaty between Soviet Russia and-Japan, she shall keep in step with Japan and take every precaution so as not to provoke Soviet Russia.
This message sent to Peking, Nanking, and Shanghai.
Army 25994 Trans. 12/9/41 NR
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)