740.00119 P.W./1–1446

Memorandum by the State–War–Navy Coordinating Committee to the Secretary of State


Subject: Interim Reparations Program for Japan

References: a. SWNCC 236/465
b. SWNCC 236/5

By informal action on 14 January 1946 the State–War–Navy Coordinating Committee approved SWNCC 236/4.

In approving SWNCC 236/4, the State–War–Navy Coordinating Committee agreed that the Department of State should take the following action:

Forward a copy of the approved paper to the U.S. representative on the Far Eastern Commission66 for use at his discretion with the proviso that it is not to be made available to the public.
Develop the program of proposals and recommendations outlined in paragraphs 5b and 5c for submittal to SWNCC as soon as possible.

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Copy No. 62 of the approved paper is furnished to the State Department for information and such action as is deemed appropriate. Copy No. 63 is provided for transmittal to the U.S. representative on the Far Eastern Commission.

Copies of the approved paper have been forwarded to the Secretary of War and the Secretary of Navy67 for information and to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for transmittal of the message in Appendix “C” to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.68

For the State–War–Navy Coordinating Committee:
H. Freeman Matthews

Acting Chairman
  1. January 8, 1946, not printed. For text as revised on April 30, see SWNCC 236/10, April 25, p. 493. For account of reparations policies of the Far Eastern Commission, see Department of State, Publication 2888, Far Eastern Series 24: Activities of the Far Eastern Commission, Report by the Secretary General, February 26, 1946–July 10, 1947 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1947), pp. 16 ff.
  2. Maj. Gen. Frank R. McCoy, U.S. Army (retired), chairman of the Far Eastern Advisory Commission and subsequently of the Far Eastern Commission.
  3. Robert P. Patterson and James Forrestal, respectively.
  4. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, at Tokyo. For revised text of Appendix “C”, see p. 498.