893.51/2153: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan (Morris) to the Acting Secretary of State

I have caused the invitation contained in your telegram of March 19, 7 p.m. to be conveyed to the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs who stated that while he believes that Japanese Government will decide to accept in principle the American proposal for the reconstitution of the consortium, that decision has not yet [been] taken as the Cabinet has been too much preoccupied during the session of Parliament. He stated that the question would be promptly taken up now that Parliament is adjourning. He said further that in the event of this Government’s approving the American proposal it would of course have to consult with the British and French Governments before [authorizing] the Japanese group [to] participate in the [proposed] bankers conference.

He inquired whether the same invitation was being extended to the British and French but was informed that the Embassy is not advised as to that. Do you desire that I should inform him that the Japanese Government is being consulted in advance of the others?