Mr. Bingham to Mr. Blaine.
Tokei, Japan, June 21, 1881. (Received July 18.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 1300, in relation to the establishment by this government of a department of agriculture and commerce, I now have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of a proclamation issued on the 23d ultimo by his excellency Mr. Banjo, His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s prime minister, together with rules for the government of assemblies for investigating the subjects of agriculture, commerce, and manufacture, with a view to the development of those industries. This is another witness of the efforts constantly being made by His Imperial Japanese Majesty to employ all legitimate agencies to develop the resources of this empire and better the condition of this people despite the refusal of western nations to repeal the unjust restrictions of the convention of 1866. How long will the free and enlightened people of the western nations tolerate this great wrong? If our government would say to Japan, “We consent to strike from our treaty which we concluded in 1878 with His Imperial Japanese Majesty its tenth article, and adopt in lieu thereof reciprocal conditions,” I believe it would work the liberation of this government from the offensive and oppressive restrictions of the convention of 1866, and promote for all time our own commercial interests in this empire.
I have, &c.,