Dec 21 memo, nssm 172

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DONALD J. STi.'KE]Response to NSSM 172-Japan

At Tal A is a drrt mehorandum aslina for an early .ompletion .l the Japan NSSM (Tab B) which was underiaker la3t spring. ln Jue a long and iather lambting dtalt was compteted and a copy sent ro the NSC Stafl. At thai point fuline! work bogged do'r due to Ecertainty amotrg the dlafteas as to low.urrent events vere liLely to impact on US/Japan tong-lerm lelations anil due pa*ly to oui ca]r in July lor an Ic apecial lepolt or legional an.l globar issues in support oI Pime Minisie! Tanakals visit. Siaie (S/PC) has recenily em6arlied on a Japan policy Biudy. While t]1is wolk eay be a uselul supplement to the NSSM, it camot be regalded as a substitute nor can we permit it to sidetrack ftrther the compredon of the NSSM 1?2 stuay, The inient of ine afiached meEorandlm is to rekinitle monentlm on the NSSM l?2 siudy by rewaliilating the oliginar requilehent and to indicate that no$ing tes, thad a iotal le.ponse vi1l 6ut{ice.

TtEt yox slen thc draft memorandtm at Tab

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