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December 16, 1942 (Wednesday)

Conference with Rōyama:

  1. Difficult to find evidence that serious thought is being given in any quarter to future Philippine administration. Just how many of those (Japanese) people now connected with the JMA, merchants resident in Manila, and others are really concerned over the future of the Philippines on more than a temporary basis, we cannot tell.
  2. No clear-cut or definitive policy towards the Philippines is being envisaged among JMA people or among higher authorities in Tokyo. They even give us the feeling that perhaps their only concern with the archipelago is limited to its being an important source from which to draw war tribute.
  3. Perhaps frequent transfers in personnel connected with the JMA, and also those at the headquarters in Tokyo, are jeopardizing formulation of a long-range policy towards the Philippines at this critical juncture.