756D.94/57: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Secretary of State

657. Press reports this morning General Koiso, former Minister Overseas Affairs prior Konoye Cabinet, offered post Government delegate Netherlands East Indies. Koiso to be given broad powers and highest rank, purpose establish closest political-economic relations on basis common interests, position within great East Asia zone. Koiso en route Tokyo reportedly stated in summary:

“Japan–Manchukuo–China insufficient, construction economic zone great East Asia necessary [including] South Seas. Netherlands Indies long exploited as colony and placed under administrative pressure from moral viewpoint, freeing Oriental races necessary and destined to be realized. Friction with United States may be unavoidable, Japan’s resolute determination necessary.”