Memorandum by Mr. Maurice B. Morgan, of the Division of Japanese and Korean Economic Affairs, to Mr. Robert W. Barnett, of the Same Division
Subject: Statement on Compilation of U.S. Claim
Herewith, a statement in detail of the data, procedures and ideas that were involved in deriving the data necessary to present a U.S. claim for reparation from Japan under the criteria we have set up.22
For purposes of comparability the German-Austria Division’s form of analysis and presentation were followed as far as possible. Modifications to suit the case of Japanese reparations and differences in criteria were made where necessary.
As our claim, its format and procedure for computation under each category, will probably be referred to as a model by interested countries, categories under which the U.S. can present no claim are presented with an explicit statement to that effect. The effect should be to indirectly call attention to those nations that do have such claims (e.g. “Costs of Occupation” while of no interest to us should have sizeable Philippine and Chinese claims) that the category is still carried for their benefit if not for our own.
Major questions are:
- What date shall we start from, December 7, 1941 when the war actually began with Japan, or an earlier date on the basis that we had to start re-arming due to Japan’s belligerent actions?
- Should we express money values in real prices i.e., after deflation for price rises, in the case of budgetary expenditures and mineral values, or give them in current prices?
- “Preliminary estimate of United States claim”, with details, not printed, but see annex, below.↩