Minister Griscom to the Secretary of State.

No. 219.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith three copies of a translation of the mining law which was enacted at the recent session of the Japanese Parliament.a

The portion of this law which particularly affects foreigners who desire to engage in mining in Japan is embodied in Article V, which reads:

No persons other than subjects of the Empire or companies duly formed in accordance with the laws thereof are entitled to acquire mining rights.

In this connection it may be noted that foreigners, resident in Japan, can organize such companies.

I have, etc.,

Lloyd Griscom.
  1. Not printed.