April 21, 2004 |
attempts by the Japanese government to
surrender, July - August 1945 (PRO
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Intercept 148150 of French ambassador
in Washington to foreign ministry Paris,
No 4887, August 6, 1945, très
sécret, refers to another telegram
intercept, re peace offers to Washington
from Japan, No. 147953.
"Il semblerait d'après
certains messages adresses par le
gouvernement japonais a M Sato
déchiffrés par des
services que l'ambassadeur du Japon
à Moscou aurait bien
été charge de demander au
gouvernement des Soviets de
prêter ses bons offices a une
tentative de négociation de
paix, et [wrong group: ?
notamment] de favorises la venue a
Moscou, peut-être a Potsdam, du
prince Konoye. Staline s'y serait
D. & R.
August 10, 1945. From Minister for
Foreign Affairs, Tokyo, to Japanese
Minister, Berne, No. 649 Circular, date
10th August 1945. [W/T: III D. JAH'
Part II [Part I not
"The Japanese Government are
ready to accept the terms enumerated in
the Joint Declaration which was issued
at Potsdam on 26th July, 1945, by the
heads of the Governments of the United
States, great Britain and China, and
later subscribed by the Soviet
Government, with the understanding that
the said declaration does not comprise
any demand which prejudices the
prerogatives of His Majesty as a
sovereign ruler. The Japanese
Government hope sincerely that this
understanding is warranted and desire
keenly that an explicit indication to
that effect will be speedily
The Japanese Government have the
honor to request the Government of
Switzerland to be good enough to
forward immediately the above
communications to the Governments of
the United States and China."
Addressed also to Stockholm.
- Director-General (2)
- Mr. Bromley (2)
[Similarly, No. 648, MFA Tokyo to
Japanese Minister, Berne, August 10,
"In accordance with the wishes
of His Majesty the Emperor, who desires
earnestly to bring the war to a speedy
end, in order to spare mankind the
horrors of war, the Japanese Government
recently asked for the good offices of
the Soviet Government which was neutral
in the war of Greater East Asia.
Unfortunately those efforts by the
Japanese Government to bring about
peace failed and, in conformity with
His Majesty's wish for peace, the
Japanese Government, desiring the
obviate the disasters of war and to
bring about the restoration of peace,
have decided as follows: [...]"
above material has been researched by
David Irving for the third volume of his
Churchill biography, "Churchill's War",
vol. iii: "The Sundered Dream."