From: Washington (Nomura)
7 November 1941
Re my #1040*.
We are of the opinion that it is absolutely essential that, at this time, to either through direct means or through suitable indirect channels, strike home Japan's determinations to the U. S. Government. Under this assumption we are making every effort to carry this out.
As I pointed out in the message referred to in the heading, there is everything to lose and nothing to gain to resort to a press campaign at a time like this, for such a campaign is aimed at the general public. The Times Advertiser is referred to here as the official government organ. We urge you to make that paper refrain from too bluntly commenting on the negotiations. As a matter of fact, we would be in favor of their remaining completely silent. We are convinced that an ominous silence would have the best effect, so will you make arrangements towards this end immediately.
JD-1: 6401 (D) Navy Trans. 11-12-41 (1)
*JD-1: 6320 (S.I.S. #244479).
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)