761.94/7–2145: Telegram

No. 581
The Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs ( Togo ) to the Japanese Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Sato )
[Translation]
secret
urgent

891. As it has been recognized as appropriate to make clear to Russia our general attitude concerning the termination of the international war despite the last paragraph in my telegram No. 890,1 please explain our attitude as follows, together with the substance of the above telegram, and let me know of your progress with Molotov by telegram as soon as possible:

“We consider the maintenance of peace in Asia as one aspect of maintaining world peace. We have no intention of annexing or taking possession of the areas which we have been occupying as a result of the war; we hope to terminate the war with a view to estabishing and maintaining lasting world peace.”

Please confer with Mr. M. within a day or two.