Ambassador O’Brien to the Secretary of State.
Tokyo , May 10, 1910 .
Sir: Referring to your unnumbered instruction of November 3, 1909, inclosing copies of an identic circular note relative to the proposed alternative procedure for the international prize court, I have the honor to inform you that I am to-day in receipt of a memorandum from the imperial foreign office, a copy of which I beg to inclose herewith. From this memorandum it will be seen that the Japanese Government agrees to the alternative procedure in the international prize court, but makes the suggestion that the establishment of the court of arbitral justice should be considered in a separate convention, apart from the question of the ratification of the prize court convention.
I have, etc.,