What to tell Americans about Japan –


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This CIA declassified document was recovered from the internet archive. It was declassified in 2004. This document is from Dr. James Phinney Baxter the III (head of R &A) to Robert C. Tryon. This document concerns Planting False Information in the News Media –

“Dr. Embree has just passed me a note informing me that he has accidentally learned that OFF is in the process of preparing a report in which they intend to make suggestions regarding what the American public should be told about Japan. He expresses the feeling that the suggestions may be quite naive and may show a rather shallow understanding of the complexity of the Japanese-U.S. relations. Is there any instrumentality by which information on foreign countries coordinated by COI may be communicated to OFF for domestic consumption?”

The R&A (Research and Analysis) Branch was initially led in 1942 by Dr. James Phinney Baxter III (President of Williams College) and then later by Harvard historian Dr. William Langer in 1943.

Document details

DATE: January 29, 1942


NAMES mentioned:

  • Robert C. Tryon- Psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley; part of planning for the Psychology Division in 1941; later in R&A Branch.  Tryon also began work as a “behaviour geneticist” in 1942 while working for the OSS. He experimented on rats to see if skill in maze-solving could be passed on to offspring. {Ref} – Introduction to Psychology
    *See Alternate History of Dianetics – Roaring 40′s second part for more on Tryon and Geoffrey Gorer – British born, “anthropological researcher” of Yale’s Institute of Human Relations,  and Time magazine in 1944 documented that he was doing secret research in Washington for the British Government.
    *See Time Magazine, August 07, 1944 – Science: Why are Japs, Japs?
  • Dr. James Phinney Baxter III (President of Williams College) and current head of R&A branch.
  • Dr. John Fee Embree – Dr. Embree also worked for the OWI (Office of War Information) Foreign Morale Analysis Division, and specialized in Japanese morale, how to railroad it into the one world agenda. His claim to fame on being an “expert” on the Japanese is based on a stay in a village called Suye Mura between November 1935 and November 1936 (with his wife accompanying him). Embree later followed Brit Geoffrey Gorer (who had an obsession with psycho-analysing a culture based on toilet-training and other ideas) and Gorer stated that strict toilet training and the loss of attention when another child was born were the major factors influencing Japanese behavior. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Gorer was a whining, women-hating nut-case. He consistently projected his own inadequacies, traumas and obsessions with such onto others as even a cursory study of his materials will soon reveal. Embree also wrote a proposal concerning the American Indian Department of the U.S. government, in 1949. He and his sister Edwina attended the University of Hawaii at the same time, where they were friends with Hall Lippincott. Emree wound up as Director of Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University in 1950, the year he and his daughter were run down by an automobile and killed – he was only 42. His father was Edwin R. Embree secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation and involved in propaganda efforts in China as one of the Trustees of Peking Union Medical College founded in 1906 by the nationalist Chinese government and American and British Christian organizations. PUMC  (its acronym) was then reorganized in 1917 by the Rockefeller Foundation to be, according to Dr. Simon Flexner, “the Johns Hopkins of China.” This all led to establishing a foothold for the testing of psychiatric (and others) pharmaceuticals on the Chinese people.


Robert Choate Tryon – head of R&A psychology division



Dr. James Phinney Baxter III

James Phinney Baxter III - OSS R and A head 1942

Dr. John Fee Embree


Edwin R. Embree – 4th from left

trustees of peking union medical college - 19211921 – Trustees of Peking Union Medical College. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., PUMC’s largest donor, is center (holding hat). (Source: Paul Monroe Papers, Special Collections, Columbia University, Teachers College Library)

From left to right:

Dr. Francis W. Peabody, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Henry S. Houghton, director of the college; Miss Eggleston, assistant secretary of the board of
trustees; Edwin R. Embree, secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation; Prof. Paul Monroe, Teachers College, Columbia University; James L. Barton, secretary, American
Board of Foreign Missions; Dr. William H. Welch, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Richard M. Pearce, director, Rockefeller Foundation, Division of Medical Education;
George E. Vincent, president, Rockefeller Foundation; John D. Rockefeller, Jr. ; Roger S. Greene, resident director of the Rockefeller Foundation China Medical Board;
F. H. Hawkins, London Missionary Society; Martin A. Ryerson, chairman, board of trustees, University of Chicago ; J. Christie Reid, Medical Missionary Association of


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For those who don’t know – OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition and when that is done on images, it makes it so you can search the images for certain words or phrases that you are looking for.

Here is an OCR’d PDF file of all the pages of this document.

What Americans Should be Told about Japan – Tryon29jan1942


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