File No. 701.9411/177
The Secretary of State to the Japanese Ambassador
Washington , June 22, 1917 .
Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 14th instant by which you inform the Department that Viscount Kikujiro Ishii, formerly Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, was, on June 13, appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and ordered to proceed to the United States, and that his suite will be composed of Isamu Takeshita, Vice Admiral, I. J. N.; Hisaichi Sugano, Major General, I. J. A.; Matsuzo Nagai, Secretary of the Foreign Office; Masataka Ando, Commander, I. J. N.; Seiji Tanikawa, Infantry Major, I. J. A.; and Tadanao Imai, Vice Consul.
The Government of the United States will be happy to receive this Mission; and, if you will be so good as seasonably to advise the Department of the time when the Mission may be expected to arrive and of the port where they will arrive, the Department will take pleasure in arranging with the Treasury Department for the extension to them of the usual customs courtesies and free entry privileges.