The Acting Political Adviser in Japan (Atcheson) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 17.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit copies, in Japanese (single copy) and in translation, of the note left by Prince Konoye85 to his second son at the time of his suicide on the night of December 15, 1945. These texts were furnished to this Mission by Mr. Wikawa,86 a close personal friend of the Prince.
The last paragraph of the note was censored by General Headquarters, SCAP, and hence did not appear in the Japanese press.
- Prince Fumimaro Konoye, Japanese Prime Minister, June 1937–January 1939, and July 1940–October 16, 1941; State Minister Without Portfolio, August 17–October 9, 1945.↩
- Tadao Ikawa (or Wikawa), attached to the Japanese Embassy in the United States in 1941 to assist the Ambassador (Nomura).↩
- July 7, 1937.↩
Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. vi, p. 976, footnote 12.↩
- Conversations in
1941 at Washington and Tokyo; see
Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. ii, pp. 325 ff., and Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. iv, pp. 1 ff.↩