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RECENT AGITATIONS Scheme To Use Russia As Mediator Fails N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 11 a.m. CHUNGKING, Aug. 13. Japan was ready to offer her war leaders as harakiri victims and retreat to her 1931 boundaries as peace conditions even before the first atomic bomb fell and Russia entered the war, states the Chinese Army newspaper Sao Tang Pao. Quoting Hsieh Nan Kuang, described as a leader of the Formosan Revolutionary League, the newspaper said that the first step toward peace was taken on June 3 by the Imperial Household Minister, Tsuneo Matsudaira, business manager for the Imperial Family and their fortune, which is estimated at 4 per cent of all Japan's wealth. Matsudaira resigned with the aim of organising a surrender Cabinet. The plan failed, due to the Army s opposition. Japan's situation was getting worse daily, and on June 28, the Prime Minister, Admiral Suzuki, called a meeting of all elder statesmen, including all former Premiers. At this meeting he reported indications that Russia would join the war The meeting decided to instruct the Japanese Ambassador to Moscow, Noatake Sato, to pay special attention to Russia's attitude. Army Leaders Split In the meantime the Government prepared peace proposals for submission through Moscow to the Big Three at Potsdam. These were finally forwarded to Generalissimo Stalin in Emperor Hirohito's name. The Japanese Army leaders in the meantime, split on whether to but both sides wanted the Rmueror to take the reins of Government. The desire became a HPTTiand after Japan's fleet was wiped out as a fighting force on July

18 irmnress Naeako was sent to seek thSdvice of the dowager Empress, on her return it was decided to form f rommission to decide on continuing ?he°wTr o S r osurrendering0surrendering The.comScfui n ng C °thf^ f erill f £S « SSS--SS|S Sd tetoed her Army and Navy a wil«t tri Allied restrictions. It 8^L 3 fL 'proposed that those responw wn fnr the war should commit «S§de so that the Allies would drop their wlr criminal charges. tLJL these conditions could be , Bef ?hpfnrltiie Allies the Potsdam possible mediator declaring war. i■ meeting mission held an emerg y Wednes . %£%£?. Japan's offer of surrender : _____


LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE o nm LONDON, Aug. 13. R6 ~ , a^tas the biggest boom day To-day was tne uigt. for on the London Stock many .yea s states tne ce financial editor- -urn war and the end of the Japa SougnfTnT la°rge number of buyerS ' „ nc t active markets were ruffieV Sd tin shares.

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JAP PEACE MOVES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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JAP PEACE MOVES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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