Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.
Tokei, Japan, August 4, 1875. (Received September 10.)
Sir: On the 31st ultimo, I received from his excellency Terashima Munenori, the Japanese minister for foreign affairs, the inclosed communication in relation to the fisheries of Japan, together with the fishing regulations adopted by his government, copies of which communication and of the regulations (translated) I have the honor to inclose herewith, (inclosure 1.)
You will observe the general terms in which fishing is prohibited, both as to the distance from the shore and the coast to which the prohibition applies. It seems to me desirable that the regulations should be more definite in these particulars, and J shall avail myself of an early opportunity to confer with my colleagues and with the foreign minister upon the subject.
The recent exchange of territory between Russia and Japan the north has not yet been officially communicated to me, and hence I am in doubt as to the territory included within the regulations.
I beg leave to submit the matter to your consideration, and to request of the Department such instructions in relation thereto as may be deemed advisable. I especially ask the attention of the Department to the second and third regulations, providing for the search and seizure of our vessels on the high seas.
I am, &c.,