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SDHF Newsletter No.277 Open Letter To Japan National Archives No.4

Open Letter to the National Archives of Japan
Regarding the Special Internet Exhibit
“Diplomatic Negotiation between Japan and the United States”

May 11, 2020

As reported in No.3 of this series, Prof. Sugihara sent a response on March 15, 2020 to Mr. Hatano’s letter of March 13.
The National Archives replied to his questions with Mr. Kato Takeo and Mr. Hatano Sumio of the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, on April 8, 2020.

*The third response from the National Archives:

In their letter, Kato and Hatano commented on Prof. Sugihara’s book:
“We, at the Japan Center, fully understand that your book, Study on Japan’s Diplomacy after the Opening of the War between Japan and the United States, is a very important scholarly work with respect to US-Japan negotiations.”
However, they also wrote that the Exhibit aims to have beginners learn basic facts ant not to introduce excellent academic materials, thus excusing themselves for not including Sugihara’s book as a reference.
Prof. Sugihara demanded an apology for their insincere attitude and for changing their reasons for not including his book as reference material. Prof. Sugihara again asked that his book be included as reference material. He proposed Member of the House of Representatives Mr. Harada mediate to settle this issue.

*Prof. Sugihara’s forth letter:

MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact