Broadcast to the Japanese people of Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jorge B. Vargas. Manila, October 25, 1943.

MY FRIENDS:

I address you as my friends because, on the one hand, I have always entertained sincere feelings of admiration and affection for the Japanese people, and because, on the other hand, I hope that you too will consider me and my people as good and true friends.

The last time I was in Japan, only a few weeks ago, in company with our then President-elect Dr. Jose P. Laurel, I went as Chairman of the Philippine Executive Commission, which was at that time the organ of Filipino participation in the Japanese Military Administration in the Philippines. When I return to your admirable country in the near future, I shall go as the free citizen of a sovereign nation, representing our great President and the independent Republic of the Philippines of which he is both the titular and actual head. The emancipation of our people makes me happy and proud but, as I assured the Highest Commander of the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Philippines upon the withdrawal of the Military Administration, I trust that there has been and will be no change in the mutual sentiments of comradeship that animate our peoples. It means only that from now on the peoples of Japan and the Philippines will work together as free and equal friends, partners, and allies in the construction of a new order of co-existence and co-prosperity in Greater East Asia.

The attainment of this noble ideal requires close and active cooperation between our two countries, the foundations for which have already been laid in the treaty of amity and alliance signed in Manila on the very day Philippine independence was proclaimed. It is confidently expected that no difficulty will be met in arranging the detailed application of this treaty, given the sincerity and good-will which inspire both parties. For my part, I shall do everything within my power, prerogatives, instructions and modest capacity, to carry forward the cause of mutual respect, understanding and assistance between the great Japanese Empire and the Republic of the Philippines.

Our two peoples should know one another better. The true and lasting foundation of our comradeship must be spiritual in nature. Over and above any material cooperation, and at the same time infusing and inspiring it, should be a free, constant and ever-increasing intercourse of ideas and culture. I consider this process essential and vital for the creation of a new order and civilization in East Asia and I shall therefore exert every effort to facilitate and encourage it. I shall go to Nippon as a zealous student and sincere admirer of your noble traditions, rich culture, inspiring ideals, and racial spirit. I hope that in turn you will allow me to assist you in understanding and sympathizing with our own way and view of life in the Philippines.

Apart from the necessity of constructing a strong and enduring structure of peace and friendship in East Asia, particularly in relation with your great country, we Filipinos are now facing the gigantic task of building our own new nation in the midst of a great world war, and I believe that in this internal undertaking we shall also derive much profit from your spiritual help and example.

During my recent all-too-short visit to Nippon I was profoundly impressed by the invincible spirit of the Yamato race. I could read in the faces of every one I saw an unwavering resolution to make all sacrifices, exert every effort, and dare everything and anything, in order to win the war in which your national destiny is at stake. This unity was especially manifested to my eyes by the smooth and efficient orderliness which I noted in every sphere of your activities. Every one of you was doing your share of the work, with a minimum of complaint and with a maximum of cooperation and social discipline. Such the spirit that will help to make our own country great and happy like yours and as representative of my people among you I shall be ever eager to absorb your dauntless spirit of service and self-sacrifice in order that I may help to impart it to my own countrymen.

In conclusion, I should like to state that I am looking forward with high expectations to my stay in your beautiful country I shall be extremely happy to renew the warm friend ships with which I have been honored among your people. I am, above all, eager to know your country better, at first hand, in order to achieve an ever-increasing comprehension and communion with those noble ideals and sacred traditions of your great race, for which I have always entertained a deep admiration and in which the Greater East Asian region and the world at large may hope to find guidance and inspiration in the construction of a new and better world order.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library