15 November 1941
Re your #1087*
During the conversations with Hull, Wakasugi asked, with regard to the form in which the "B" suggestion should materialize, "or is it your intention to have it conducted by the consular representatives of Japan, the United States, and China?" As you are aware, the Imperial Government is opposed to its taking that course.
Please be aware of the fact that the "B" suggestion was taken up because we thought it might be a short cut to settlement. In other words' we decided to take it up because we thought it would speed up the procedure. We do not wish to give it even a chance to further complicate and prolong matters.
Bearing this in mind, do everything in your power to not only prevent further complications but to simplify matters as much as possible.
JD-1: 6530 (D) Navy Trans. 11-15-41 (S-TT)
*JD-1: 6521 (S.I.S. #24787).
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)