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  • November 01, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 1 November 1945 at 1930'

    Notes on a 1945 conversation between Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov and United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman on the American-led Far East Commission and Military Council in Japan.

  • November 03, 1945

    Cable, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Draft of reply to United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman containing Soviet proposals for structural and procedural changes to the Allied Military Council in Japan, submitted for Stalin's approval.

  • November 03, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman at 2330 3 November 1945'

    Responding to questions posed by Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov at an earlier meeting, American Ambassador W. Averell Harriman attempts to explain several finer points on the structure and function of the Far East Commission and Allied Military Council in Japan.

  • November 04, 1945

    Cable No. 3523, Stalin to Cdes. Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan

    Stalin responds with edits to a draft reply to American Ambassador Harriman's note on the control mechanism for Japan. Stalin counters Harriman's claim that he had agreed to give Allied Supreme Commander Douglas McArthur final say in Japan, and rebukes Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov for expressing unauthorized opinions in a meeting with Harriman.

  • November 04, 1945

    Cable, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Soviet changes to American proposals for the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan, drafted in response to objections Stalin raised in a telegram on November 4, 1945.

  • November 05, 1945

    Changes to the US Government Proposal about the Far East Commission

    Soviet changes to the American proposal for the Far East Commission, presented to Ambassador Harriman in a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov.

  • November 05, 1945

    Changes to the US Government Proposal regarding the Control Mechanism for Japan

    Soviet changes to the American proposal for the Allied Military Council for Japan, presented to Ambassador Harriman in a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov.

  • November 05, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 5 November 1945 at 1900'

    Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov and American Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman discuss proposed Soviet changes to the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan.

  • November 09, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 9 November 1945 at 1900'

    Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov and American Ambassador to the Soviet Union Harriman discuss lingering misunderstandings, questions, and disagreements between their two countries on the Allied Military Council and Far East Commission in Japan.

  • November 09, 1945

    Note Presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman

    The United States rejects the majority of the proposed Soviet changes to the control mechanism (Allied Military Council) and Far East Commission, expressing frustration at the Soviet Union’s unwillingness to commit to the American proposals in the unofficial bilateral negotiations.

  • November 11, 1945

    Telegram via VcH from Stalin to Cde. Molotov

    Stalin asks Molotov for edits on reply to the American rejection of proposed Soviet changes to the control mechanism and Far East Commission for Japan.

  • November 12, 1945

    Memorandum Presented to Mr. Harriman by V. M. Molotov on 12 November 1945

    This Soviet reply to the American government attempts to lay out Soviet changes to American proposals for a control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan and provides justification for those changes.

  • November 12, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman at 1900 12 November 1945'

    Molotov and Harriman argue, respectively, for the Soviet and American proposals for a control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan, failing to iron out differences between the two proposals.

  • November 15, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Byrnes' Statement at a Press Conference'

    TASS reports on a press conference given by United States Secretary of State James Byrnes at which he spoke about conflicts between the Soviet Union and the United States over the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan in addition to other foreign policy issues.

  • November 19, 1945

    Memorandum Presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman on 19 November 1945

    The Government of the United States agrees to several of the suggested Soviet changes to the American proposals for a control mechanism in Japan.

  • November 19, 1945

    Memorandum Presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman on 19 November 1945

    The Government of the United States agrees to two of the suggested Soviet changes to the American proposals for the Far East Commission for Japan.

  • November 19, 1945

    Verbal Statement presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman on 19 November 1945

    American Ambassador Harriman further clarifies the Government of the United States' position on the Far East Commission, the Allied Council for Japan, and the role of Supreme Commander General MacArthur.

  • November 19, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 19 November 1945'

    Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov and American Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman continue their negotiations over the American proposals for the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan. Harriman introduces the possibility of Soviet troops taking part in the occupation under American Supreme Commander General MacArthur.

  • May 25, 1946

    Memorandum from M. Litvinov to Stalin, 25 May 1946

    Memorandum from M. Litvinov to Stalin, 25 May 1946. Memorandum discusses comments on the American “Draft Treaties” and the provisions set up for Japan and Germany post-Potsdam.

  • June 20, 1948

    Memorandum of Conversation, Soviet Ambassador to China, N. V. Roshchin with the President of the Chinese Republic Jiang Jieshi [Chiang Kai-shek] on 2 June 1948

    Report from Soviet Ambassador to China Roshchin on a conversation he had with Jiang Jieshi. The two discuss Japan; Jieshi remains vague on his opinions of the handling of the Japanese situation, but admits that the American approach has some flaws. Roshchin concludes that the Chinese should be watched with respect to Japan.