Muto 2.mut.0002 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire


  1. C.                                                                                                    250.00

F. Aid for refugees actual and

miscellaneous expenses                                                          600.00 yen


Kihara                                                                                          3,717.96

Nakamura                                                                                    1,584.00

Kajiya                                                                                          1,143.96

Total                                                                                            6,445.92

Foreign diplomatic establishments.

  1. Peso   808.83
  2. Yen    150.00
  3. 1,500.00
  4. C.                                                                                                    125.00
  5. D.                                                                                                   375.00
  6. F.                                                                                                    390.00
  7. D. (Emergency)                                                                              375.00

This is the end.

[a] Message dated 31 October concerns plans for handling money problems connected with staff salaries for July, August, September, October, November, following methods of remittance used by U.S.

Trans.  11‑12‑41

No. 386

FROM: Tokyo                                                                                     November 8, 1941

TO: Washington                                                                                   Circular # 2281.

(Strictly Secret.)

Re my circular # 2040[a].

From the Chief of the Telegraphic Communications.

Recently the number of messages designated “kinqu” has increased by leaps and bounds. Upon examining the material contained in these wires I find they are not of such enormous import that they require dispatching without loss of time or that in the event they are received late at night that they be communicated immediately to the Foreign Minister, Vice‑Minister, or any other of the principal offices for the evaluating of intelligence and certainly not of such vital importance that they need be passed on at that late hour to parties outside the department.

Among these wires there are those which have been designated “kinqu” with utter dis­regard for their contents. (Wires coming from the United States have on very frequent occasions used this most unnecessarily. Furthermore, there certainly is no necessity to put the words “very urgent” in English before the address.) There are so many telegraphic officials who have become so accustomed to marking wires, of little import, extremely urgent (please refer to my mail circular # 8 of 1939) that there is considerable danger of a grave error resulting from this practice.

After you have read and entirely assimilated my wire referred to above, I would like to have you give due consideration to the choice of “kinqu”, “daiqu” (which have been used in the past to designate urgency) and “sikyu.”

This wire is addressed to the United States, Germany, Thailand and Batavia.



“Kinqu” designation for “extremely urgent.”

“Daiqu” designation for “urgent.”

“Sikyu” designation for “Priority.”

[a] Not available.

Trans.  11‑12‑41

No. 387

FROM: San Francisco (Muto)                                                              November 9, 1941

TO: Washington                                                                                   Circular # 282.

San Francisco to Tokyo # 285.

The FBI investigation of ‑‑‑‑‑[a] (who was president of the committee concerned last year, at the time when the organization was dissolved) and others connected with the organi­zation is being continued.

The FBI has seven able investigators on this job, so that it would seem as though they considered the case an important one.

Although judging from the type of investigation, it would seem as though they were most interested in gathering evidence to be used against ‑‑‑‑‑[a] and ‑‑‑‑‑, it also is apparent that the Department of Justice feels the necessity of looking into this case, due to the numerous statements being made by the Dies Committee regarding Japanese propaganda in the United States. It also may be that they hope to make this the excuse for demanding recall from the United States of all Japanese Consuls‑General and Consuls to Japan.

2. A rigid investigation of ‑‑‑‑‑[a] is being carried on. As he is officially registered as a foreign correspondent for the ‑‑‑‑‑, there is little dangerLouis J. Sheehan, Esquire of his being indicted (prosecuted). During the examination he will no doubt have to prove that he was hired by the ‑‑‑‑‑[a] at $350. per month. Therefore, please arrange matters there so that if ‑‑‑‑‑ should wire to “GO” of the ‑‑‑‑‑[a] for a confirmation of the above, “GO” is to wire back to ‑‑‑‑[a] this effect.

[a] DoD comment: Names withheld.

Trans.  11‑19‑41

No. 388

FROM: Tokyo (Togo)                                                                          November 10, 1941

TO: Washington                                                                                   # 756.


Re part 2 of my # 716[a].

In regard to the purchase of dollars by the Yokohama Specie Bank, through the National City Bank, it is understood that the National City Bank Branch in Tokyo has as yet received no instructions from their home office. Is it possible that the home office of the National City Bank does not fully understand the situation?

[a]  Not available, perhaps # 711 meant, See IV, 365.

Trans.  11-18‑41



No. 389

FROM: Hsinking                                                                                  October 27, 1941 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

TO: Tokyo                                                                                           # 693.

Re my # 686[a].

The military are at present considering ways and means of disposing the matter involving the arrest of the four U.S. missionaries. If the Foreign Office wishes to express its desires in this matter, please do so at once.

[a ] Not available.

Trans.  10‑29‑41

No. 390

FROM: Tokyo                                                                                     October 31, 1941

TO: Hsinking                                                                                       # 754.

Re your # 686[a] and # 693[b].

With reference to the missionaries concerned, they were involved in Korea in January and FebruaryLouis J. Sheehan, Esquire of this year. If they are involved in the Fukei incident, sentence of banishment is suggested. We have as yet received no report from the Army.

[a] Not available.

[b] See IV, 389.


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