Address by Minister of Foreign Affairs Claro M. Recto, at the reception for distinguished Filipino leaders given by the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines, Tuesday evening, October 26, 1943:

YOUR EXCELLENCY:

Among the many happy events that accompanied the birth of the Republic of the Philippines, few are so auspicious or of so profound a significance as the selection of Your Excellency as the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to our Government.

Your Excellency, because of your intimate knowledge of world affairs and human nature, and more particularly of the psychology, idiosyncracies and fundamental needs of the people of this Republic, and because you carry with you that exquisite refinement, that golden maxim of bonhomie which are characteristic of all Orientals—a desire to please and an unwillingness to offend—we, the citizens of this Republic, look forward in hope and confidence to the success of your important mission.

The distinguished part that Japan has played in the early realization of our independence cannot but inspire our people with the most ardent wishes for an everlasting friendship between your country and ours, founded not only on the grateful sentiments of the citizens of this Republic for such chivalrous action which knows no parallel in history, but also on the fact that the people of Japan and the people of the Philippines feel attached to each other by the same sense of ethical values in international relations, by the same desire that each country find its rightful place in the sun, that Asia be for the Asians, Japan for the Japanese, China for the Chinese, India for the Indians, Burma for the Burmese, and the Philippines for the Filipinos. It is our fervent hope that it will be the privileged share of Your Excellency to be instrumental in the full realization here of those noble purposes, those lofty principles of equity and justice, which have inspired and moved the Japanese nation in the present war, and that, as a consequence, the Philippines will be forever free from political domination and economic exploitation by foreign powers.

We are happy to accept the renewed proffer of goodwill and amity which the Empire Japan, through Your Excellency, has extended to the Philippines; and we feel sure that in your capable hands that goodwill and amity stand in no danger of waning. We shall endeavor to reciprocate in equal measure in efforts that your great nation has exerted in the past and continues exerting towards fully understanding the fundamental aspirations and needs of our country and our people.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I ask you to drink with me to our distinguished host, His Excellency, Ambassador Murata, and to the permanence of the cordial and friendly relations between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of the Philippines.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library