Mr. Bingham to Mr. Evarts.
Tokei, Japan, October 6, 1879. (Received November 4.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 967, in which I enclosed the report of the British legation in Japan upon the general foreign trade of this country, [Page 695] I now have the honor to inclose a table of the yearly imports and exports of this empire from the first to the eleventh year of Meiji (1868–’78), as published in the Nichi Nichi Shimbun and translated in the Japan Daily Herald of the 6th instant, which shows the balance of trade against Japan during the eleven years to have been in round numbers yen 67,000,000, or more than five times the present foreign debt of Japan and its interest.
I have, &c.,