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  • August 03, 1985

    Cable No. 646, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

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

  • August 04, 1985

    Cable No. 1358, Charge d'Affaires Tanabe to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Special Enjoy Nakayama's Appointment)'

    A telegram from Charge d’Affairs Tanabe to the Foreign Minister of Japan preparing for Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to Iran.

  • 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.

  • August 06, 1985

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

    A telegram from Japanese Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister regarding communication between Japan and the United States about the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 06, 1985

    Cable No. 1368, Charge d’Affaires Tanabe to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Meeting of Special Envoy Nakayama and Deputy Foreign Minister Ardebili)'

    A telegram from Charge d'Affaires Tanabe to the Foreign Minister summarizing a meeting between Special Envoy Nakayama and Deputy Foreign Minister Ardebili at the Iranian Foreign Ministry to discuss the relationship between Japan and Iran, and the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 08, 1985

    Second Middle East Division, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Problem of Public Announcement in Iran)'

    A report from the Second Middle East Division in Japan. After Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to Iran to discuss the problem of the American hostages held in Lebanon, Iran expressed desire to announce the meeting to the public, despite Japan’s request otherwise. Japan convinced Majlis Speaker Rafsanjani not to make the meeting public.

  • August 08, 1985

    Cable No. 1374, Charge d’Affaires Tanabe to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Problem of Iranian Side’s Attempt to Issue Press Statement)'

    A telegram from Japanese diplomat Ryuichi Tanabe describing the secrecy and potential leak of a meeting between Majlis Speaker Rafsanjani and Special Envoy Nakayama on the American hostages held in Lebanon

  • August 08, 1985

    Briefing Material for the Prime Minister: Problem of the American Hostages in Lebanon (Dispatch of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)

    These briefing materials for the Prime Minister of Japan about Special Envoy Nakayama’s recent trip to Iran and Syria include the Special Envoy’s schedule and a response from Iran stating they will not use their influence to assist in the release of American hostages in Lebanon unless United States releases Lebanese hostages held in Israel.

  • August 08, 1985

    Cable No. 1373, Charge d’Affaires Tanabe to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Meeting between Special Envoy Nakayama and Majlis Speaker Rafsanjani)'

    A telegram from Japanese diplomat Ryuichi Tanabe to the Foreign Minister summarizing a meeting between Special Envoy Nakayama and Majlis Speaker Rafsanjani about the American hostages in Lebanon. Special Envoy Nakayama is delivering a letter from Prime Minister Nakasone.

  • August 09, 1985

    Cable No. 656, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Response to Remarks of Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

    A telegram from Ambassador Kato of Japan to the Foreign Minister indicating that Syria’s response to Special Envoy Nakayama’s is attached.

  • August 09, 1985

    Cable No. 1381, Charge d’Affaires Tanabe to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Meeting of Special Envoy Nakayama and Foreign Minister Velayati)'

    A telegram from Japanese diplomat Ryuichi Tanabe summarizing a conversation between Special Envoy Nakayama and Foreign Minister Velayati about the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 10, 1985

    Cable No. 401, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria Kato, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Remarks and Questions and Answers for Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

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

  • August 10, 1985

    Cable No. 402, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria Kato, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Remarks for the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)'

    In a letter to the President Assad of Syria, Prime Minister of Japan Nakasone describes the relationship between Japan and Syria as a growing closer and thanks Syria for their assistance in the help of the release of the American hostages held in Lebanon.

  • August 11, 1985

    Cable No. 662, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Meeting of Special Envoy Nakayama and Foreign Minister Shara)'

    A telegram from Japanese Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister summarizing a meeting between Special Envoy Nakayama and Foreign Minister Shara about the relationship between Japan and Syria and the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 12, 1985

    Cable No. 4138, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to the United States, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    In a telegram to the Ambassador to the United States, the Foreign Minister of Japan instructed the Ambassador to inform the United States on Special Envoy Nakayama’s meetings with the leaders of Syria and Iran about the American hostages held in Lebanon.

  • August 12, 1985

    Cable No. 664, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Second Meeting of Special Envoy Nakayama and Foreign Minister Shara)'

    A telegram from Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister summarizing a meeting between Special Envoy Nakayama and Foreign Minister Shara on the future of the relationship between Japan and Syria and the American hostages held in Lebanon.