Text of a telegram sent by His Excellency, General Hideki Tozyo, Premier of the Empire of Japan, to His Excellency, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, in reply to the latter’s message following the President’s return to the Philippines after attending the Greater East Asia Congress, November 27, 1943:

I WISH TO EXPRESS MY HEARTFELT THANKS FOR THE CORDIAL MESSAGE WHICH YOUR EXCELLENCY WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO SEND ME UPON YOUR RETURN HOME. FOR THE SAKE OF THE SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION OF THE PRESENT WAR AND OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE TASK TO ESTABLISH GREATER EAST ASIA, IT IS A MATTER FOR CONGRATULATION THAT THE GREATER EAST ASIA CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HELD IN A MOST FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AND ACHIEVED A GREAT SUCCESS. THANKING ONCE MORE YOUR EXCELLENCY’S GOOD WILL AND KINDNESS, I SINCERELY PRAY FOR A GOOD HEALTH OF YOUR EXCELLENCY AS WELL AS FOR AN EVERLASTING PROSPERITY OF YOUR COUNTRY.

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library