In response to public opinion at home and opposition overseas to the Tokyo Olympic Games, the cabinet officially approved the decision to relinquish the right to host the games on July 15, 1938. Document 9 is the draft of a telegraph that was sent to overseas government offices by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Kazushige Ugaki following the cabinet decision. The document instructs overseas government offices to express their appreciation to the corresponding foreign authorities and the International Olympic Committee who had worked hard to bring about the Tokyo Olympic Games, and continue to request their support for Japan’s efforts to have Tokyo City host the 13th Olympic Games scheduled to be held in 1944.

Later, it was decided that Helsinki would host the 12th Olympic Games. However, with the break out of World War II in 1939, the Olympic Games were ultimately cancelled.



Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, National Archives of Japan