Chargé Wilson to the Secretary of State.
Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 1901.
Sir: Referring to my dispatch, No. 541, of February 20, during the interval until the minister for foreign affairs should be prepared fully to discuss the subject, I continued, by means of three interviews with the vice-minister, to advocate a copyright arrangement.
On the 7th instant, the minister for foreign affairs at length stating his preparedness to enter more fully into the discussion of copyright, I had with him a long conversation.
Finding evidence of a disposition to continue, as formerly, on behalf of the department of education, under which copyright matters are said to be, to deny to Americans the protection of copyright to which justice entitles them, I deemed it necessary more strongly to present the matter.
Herewith I have the honor to inclose a copy of my note No. 267, dated March 11, formally requesting, on behalf of the United States Government, that the Japanese Government agree to make a convention securing to both nations national or most-favored-nation treatment in copyright.
I have, etc.,