180 Department of External Affairs to Mansfield
Cablegram 123 CANBERRA, 9 April 1946
Your 143.  Indictment of Emperor.
As previously advised to you, if you are satisfied that there is a case, it is left entirely to you to act upon your considered view.
At same time you should avoid any public protest if decision is against indictment or if MacArthur vetoes proposal.  You are familiar with the facts and it has always been our view that if the facts warranted indictment, Hirohito is no more entitled to special immunity than the common soldiers who inflicted such cruel barbarities against Allied soldiers and civilians.