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  • July 02, 1985

    Memorandum on Hijacking of TWA Flight 847

    "On the question of exchanging hostages from the aircraft seized in Athens for Shiite prisoners in Israel."

  • July 12, 1985

    Cable No. 956, Ambassador Kiuchi to the Foreign Minister, 'Meeting of the Japanese Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State (Kuala Lumpur)'

    A telegram describing a meeting between the Japanese Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State in Kuala Lumpur. At the meeting, they discussed the American hostages in Lebanon and diplomatic meetings with Syria.

  • July 24, 1985

    Cable No. 5604, Charge d'Affaires Murazumi to the Foreign Minister, 'Your Visit to the Middle East (Notifying the United States)'

    A telegram from Charge d’Affaires Murazumi to the Foreign Minister summarizing a meeting between with the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Pelletreau regarding the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • July 30, 1985

    Cable No. 388, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador [Kato], 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Special Message to Foreign Minister Shara)'

    A telegram from the Japanese Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria regarding the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • July 30, 1985

    Cable No. 388, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador [Kato], 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Special Message to Foreign Minister Shara)'

    A telegram documenting correspondence between the Foreign Minister Shara and the Ambassador to Syria regarding the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • July 30, 1985

    Cable No. 11021, Foreign Minister to the Ambassadors in Iran [Tanabe] and Syria [Kato], 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Dispatch of Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

    A telegram from the Japanese Foreign Minister to the Japanese Ambassadors to Iran and Syria regarding the American hostages held in Lebanon.

  • July 30, 1985

    Cable No. 389, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria [Kato Kichiya], 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Dispatch of Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

    In this telegram to the Ambassador to Syria, the Foreign Minister instructs the Ambassador to elaborate on the dispatch of Special Envoy Nakayama, citing bilateral relations between Japan and Syria, the American hostages held in Lebanon, and the TWA Flight 847 Hijacking Incident as topics for discussion.

  • July 31, 1985

    Cable No. 5785, Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister, 'Minister’s Visit to the Middle East (Informing the US Side)'

    A telegram from Japanese Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister confirming the delivery of a letter to the Secretary Shultz regarding the Minister’s visit to the Middle East.

  • July 31, 1985

    Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Prime Minister’s Letter to President Assad (Draft))

    Attachment to the Japanese Prime Minister’s letter to President Assad about the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • July 31, 1985

    Cable No. 159, Foreign Minister to the Consul-General, Frankfort, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    A telegram from Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau Director-General Miyake to Consul-General Nomura instructing him to deliver a message to Ambassador to Syria Kato in Germany. The message is about the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • July 31, 1985

    Draft Letter, Nakasone Yasuhiro to Hafez al-Assad

    A letter from Prime Minister Nakasone of Japan to President Assad of Syria discussing the relationship between Japan and Syria, including the American hostages held in Lebanon and Ambassador Yoshihiro Nakayama’s upcoming visit to Syria.

  • August 01, 1985

    Main Points of Remarks and Questions and Answers for Meeting of Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Nakayama with Key Members of Syrian Government (Problem of the Release of the American Hostages)

    A request for approval for the main points regarding the American hostages in Lebanon in preparation for Special Envoy Nakayama’s upcoming visit to Syria and meeting with President Assad.

  • August 01, 1985

    Cable No. 1347, Charge d'Affairs Tanabe to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Sending of a Special Message to Foreign Minister Velayati and Dispatch of Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

    A telegram from Charge d’Affaires Tanabe to the Foreign Minister in Japan regarding the American hostages in Lebanon and Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to Iran.

  • August 01, 1985

    First Middle East Division, 'Briefing Material for Ambassador Nakayama: Problem of the Release of the American Hostages in Lebanon'

    A summary from the First Middle East Division of the Japanese government about the American hostages held in Lebanon. This document discusses the correspondence between the United States and Japan regarding the hostages and what steps Japan had taken as of August 1, 1985.

  • August 02, 1985

    Letter, Yasuhiro Nakasone, Prime Minister of Japan, to Hafez al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic

    A letter from the Prime Minister of Japan to President Assad of Syria describing the relationship between Iran and Syria, the American hostages in Lebanon, and preparing for the upcoming visit of Japanese Special Envoy Nakayama.

  • August 05, 1985

    Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Remarks)

    A document summarizing the main points of remarks regarding Japan’s attempt to persuade Syria and Iran to assist in the release of the American hostages held in Lebanon.

  • August 05, 1985

    Cable No. 394, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Remarks, Questions and Answers for Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

    A telegram from the Foreign Minister of Japan to the Ambassador to Syria preparing for Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to Syria.

  • August 05, 1985

    Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Questions and Answers)

    This document is the main points of questions and answers in preparation for Japanese Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to Syria to persuade the Syrian government to assist in the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 05, 1985

    Cable No. 394, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Remarks, Questions and Answers for Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

    A draft telegram from the Foreign Minister of Japan to the Ambassador to Syria that discusses the main points for discussion regarding the Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to Syria. The document discusses the release of the American hostages in Lebanon and the TWA Flight 847 hijacking incident of 1985.

  • August 06, 1985

    Cable No. 5954, Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    This is a telegram from Ambassador Matsunage of Japan to the Foreign Minister of Japan about the Ambassador’s correspondence with the United States . The President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs McFarlane expressed gratitude for the Japanese government’s help regarding the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.