On July 18, 1941, Konoye ousted Matsuoka, replacing him with the "pro-Anglo-Saxon" Adm.
Stunned, Konoye still pursued his peace policy by winning secret support from the navy and army to meet FDR on the U.
28, Japan's ambassador in Washington presented FDR a personal letter from Konoye imploring him to meet.
He managed to recruit Lieutenant Colonel Masataka Ida of the Konoye Division and brought him to division headquarters with other conspirators to try to persuade the division's commander, Lieutenant General Takeshi Mori, to join the conspiracy and put his troops at their disposal.
NOW THE CONSPIRATORS HAD Mori's official seals and, thus, control of the Konoye Division.
Deciding that success was impossible, Ida advised Hatanaka to send the Konoye Division back to barracks.
In September 1940 the Konoye government despatched a large mission to Batavia with `proposals' for access to raw materials on a greatly increased scale, with oil to be given top priority.
The Japanese establishment went into conclave and in July, at another Throne Conference, the army high command, with the concurrence of Prince Konoye, proposed to the Emperor that the empire now had no choice but to resume the march southwards.
A Throne Conference called early in September set war planning in motion, and in October a hardline cabinet headed by war minister General Hideki Tojo replaced the discredited ministry of Prince Konoye who had set his hopes on a secret summit meeting with President Roosevelt.
Another attempt was made by Japan through Moscow in July, and a mission by Prince Konoye
(who was then back in favor) for this purpose was refused by Stalin.
It must be remembered that in October 1941 the moderate Prince Konoye
resigned after his failure to secure a settlement with the United States.
The 'emperor's telegram', drafted by the Japanese Foreign Office, asked Stalin to receive Prince Fumimaro Konoye
on an unspecified mission related to the termination of the war.
Meanwhile on July 26th the new Japanese prime minister, Prince Konoye, unveiled his plan to take full advantage of the European powers' weakness in Asia, titled the Main Principles for Coping with the Changing World Situation'.
On July 31st, America's long-feared oil embargo went into effect, by which time the `Strike South' faction had emerged triumphant in Tokyo with the formation of the new Konoye cabinet on July 18th.
As Tokyo saw it, they where confronted with the alternative of having to abandon all objectives or go to war General Hideki Tojo, who had replaced Prince Konoye
as prime minister in mid-October was determined to attack the USA should negotiations fail.