Greetings to the Filipino people by His Excellency, General Hideki Tozyo, Premier of Japan, broadcast from Japan on the occasion of an exchange of radio messages with His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, Friday evening, October 15, 1943:

Proclaiming her independence on October 14, 1943, the Philippines became an integral member of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. As an independent nation, the country has started its glorious history. His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, has assumed the post of the first President, shouldering the hope of the entire Filipino people.

Having often visited the Philippines, I can imagine how happy the eighteen million people of the Philippines are today and I wish to extend my cordial felicitations on this occasion.

We recall that more than forty years ago, through the activities of Dr. Jose Rizal and many other Filipino patriots, the Philippines was about to attain independence when the United States, after obtaining that country from Spain, at once changed her attitude. Attacking Filipino volunteers, the American forces compelled the Filipino people to swear allegiance to the United States.

Since then the Filipinos remained patient for over forty years. Although the Philippines attained the promise of freedom, the nature of the independence to be granted was no more than a means of deceiving the Filipinos for the protection of the economic interest of the United States. It is needless for me to mention this fact, for I know that you Filipinos are quite aware of the matter. The United States, by intoxicating the Filipinos through material civilization, turned the Philippines into a base for exploitation and oppression of East Asia, vainly hoping to attain the mastery of the world. Meanwhile, the Empire of Japan withstood the unbearable in order to secure peace in East Asia, but was forced to rise in arms on December 8, 1941, to eradicate the cause of the disturbance of peace in East Asia.

Wherever the Imperial Forces advanced, officers and men fought well and bravely under the August Virtue of His Majesty, the Emperor wiping out American influence from the Philippines. All preparations having been completed in less than two years, the Filipinos, conscious of being Orientals, were given the opportunity to attain their long-cherished independence under a new ideal. This is a matter for sincere mutual felicitation not only for the Philippines but also for Greater East Asia.

The creation of a new nation is not an easy task. How much more would it be difficult for the Philippines to develop under wartime conditions. No ordinary effort would suffice to fulfill such a task. However, I am firmly convinced that the ardent patriotism of the t eighteen million people of the Philippines will accomplish this task. It is needless to mention that the freedom of the Philippines will not be complete until the ultimate victory of Japan in the Greater East Asia War is achieved. The Empire will spare no efforts in helping the development and prosperity of the Philippines. I hope that the Philippines under the leadership of President Laurel will foster a national character, befitting a Philippines returned to the Oriental fold and at the same time exert unreserved efforts for the consolidation of wartime structure. It is my earnest prayer that the Philippines will thus become a unit of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and will cooperate with Japan and other nations of the sphere for the establishment of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

All the nations of the Co-Prosperity Sphere are striving for the common aim of establishing a world order based on moral justice. The birth of the Republic of the Philippines means another addition to the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

The Empire of Japan is resolved to sacrifice all efforts for the attainment of our lofty ideals through perfect unity with the rest of the Co-Prosperity nations.

I take this memorable opportunity to express my sincere congratulations and at the same time pray for the future prosperity of the Philippines.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library