Search in
ADD SEARCH FILTER CANCEL SEARCH FILTER

Digital Archive International History Declassified

September 28, 1972

TELEGRAM 10353 FROM THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN TOKYO, 'MAO-TANAKA MEETING'

This document was made possible with support from the MacArthur Foundation

CITATION SHARE DOWNLOAD
  • Citation

    get citation

    Mao had a conversation with Tanaka, carrying numerous stories from food to his childhood.
    "Telegram 10353 from the American Embassy in Tokyo, 'Mao-Tanaka Meeting'," September 28, 1972, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Box 2402, Subject-Numeric Files 1970-1973, Central Foreign Policy Files, National Archives and Records Administration. Obtained by Sayuri Romei. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134380
  • share document

    https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134380

VIEW DOCUMENT IN

ENGLISH (TRANSCRIPTION) HTML

Pol 7 Japan

XR Pol 15-1 Chicom

XR Pol Chicom-Japan

Department of State TELEGRAM

Tokyo 10353

9-28-72

Unclassified 562

Page 01 Tokyo 10353 280544Z

13

Action EA-14

Info

OCT-01

PM-08

NSC-10

SS-14

RSC-01

CIAE-00

DODE-00

INR-06

NSAE-00

P-03

USIA-12

PRS-01

NIC-01

RSP-01 / 072

086419

R 280400Z SEP 72

FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO

TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9094

INFO AMCONSUL HONG KONG

AMEMBASSY TAIPEI

Unclas Tokyo 10353

Subj: Mao-Tanaka Meeting

1. Japanese press has carried numerous stories on Mao-Tanaka meeting based upon briefing given by Chief Cabinet Secretary Nikaido who was present. Embassy translation of most detailed account (carried in Sept 28 Tokyo Shimbun) of give and take between Mao and Tanaka follows. Of course, this is only news report of one participant’s oral and incomplete comments on meeting.

2. Begin text:

Mao (to Premier Chou [Zhou] and Primin Tanaka) – Have you finished your quarrels? It is not good if you do not quarrel.

Tanaka – No, we are having talks amicably with Premier Chou.

Mao – Only after quarrelling do you become good friends with each other for the first time.

Tanaka – That is quite true.

Mao. Mr. Liao Cheng-chih [Liao Chengzhi] was born in Japan. Mr. Tanaka, will you please have him accompany you back?

Tanaka – Mr. Liao Cheng-chih is very famous in Japan, too. If he were to run in an Upper House election, he will be successfully elected, without fail. (Mao laughs)

Mao – I heard that Dr. Tanaka said in Hawaii, that QTE I dislike all western style food. I am going to stick strictly to Japanese style food UNQTE. How do you find the food in Peking?

Tanaka – I am being treated to magnificent dinners. The cooking is wonderful. I am enjoying fully both the Maotai wine and Chinese tea.

Mao – It is not good for your health to drink Maotai wine too much.

Tanaka – I am told that the alcoholic contents of Maotai wine is 65 percent. At any rate, I am enjoying it.

Mao – It is not 65 percent. It is 70 percent. Who gave you such misinformation?

In China, there are too many old things, and this is a problem. It is not a good thing to be bound too much by old things. When I was small, my father treated me harshly, and I used to rebel. I rebelled, asking why he treated me unkindly, when it was written even in the Four Books and Five Classics of Confucianism that QTE unless the parents are affectionate toward their children, the children will not show filial obedience to their parents UNQTE. By the way, it must be troublesome that there are elections in Japan.

Tanaka – So far, I have experienced eleven general elections in the past 25 years. I have also made a considerable number of road-side campaign speeches.

Mao – Please take care because making road-side speeky [sic; speeches] is not good for your health.

Tanaka – In japan, the people will not be satisfied unless you make road-side speeches. It is also so arranged that if you do not make such speeches, you will not be elected.

Mao – What is the situation in the Diet?

Tanaka – This, too, is very troublesome.

Mao – It must be quote complicated in Japan. It is no simple matter if you have to give campaign speeky [sic] on the streets.

Tanaka – I pray for your continued good health.

Mao – I am troubled by rheumatism just now, and my legs have become somewhat weak.

(After this, witty conversation continued, and the subject of the talk shifted to the books in Chairman Mao’s study. Chairman Mao chose six volumes and presented them to Tanaka.)

Tanaka – Chairman Mao, you are studying a great deal. I should also study much harder, should I not?

Mao – I like to read. I know that it is not good for my health, but I cannot go to sleep unless I read.

End text.

[Robert S.] Ingersoll

ORIGINAL SCAN PDF

It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. No worries, just click here to download the PDF file.

Click here to view the PDF file in a new window.

PDFs cannot be printed inline in the page. To print a PDF, you must first download the file and open it in a PDF viewer.