740.00119 Control (Japan)/9–645
Memorandum by the Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs (Ballantine)15
The Department’s representatives on the SWNCC16 subcommittee for the Far East find it necessary to take a position on the question of the policy which should be followed in the trial of war criminals. I feel that this is a matter which should be decided by the policy officers of the Department and I attach a memorandum prepared by Dr. Quincy Wright setting forth the issue before the committee and his recommendations in regard thereto, in which I concur. You will note that he states that it would be desirable to have a decision on this matter by Friday morning, September 7.
I would therefore appreciate your indicating whether you concur in the recommendation or whether you desire that some other position be taken.17