393.115/128: Telegram

The Commander in Chief, United States Asiatic Fleet (Yarnell), to the Chief of Naval Operations (Leahy)19

0019. Today returned recent calls Major General Harada, Japanese Military Attaché, [and] Furujo, liaison officer, brought their attention [Page 240]serious effects numerous incidents involving desecration American flags, destruction, looting American property had on American public opinion. Stressed points that Americans look on flag with same reverence Japanese look on Emperor and such incidents if continued might create dangerous situation which responsible authorities trying avoid. Also stated believed honor Japanese Army required action prevent future atrocities against Chinese noncombatants and that prompt punishment offenders necessary for good name Japanese Army abroad. Major General Harada replied [he] realized gravity situation, army authorities taking steps prevent recurrence incidents and punish offenders.

  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Navy Department.