361.1123 L 25/8

The Japanese Ambassador (Shidehara) to the Acting Secretary of State

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the Japanese Government have learned with deep concern and regret of the deplorable incident which took place at Vladivostock on January 8 at about 4 a.m. resulting in the death of Lieutenant Langdon of the United States Navy. The Japanese sentry involved in the case is now under trial by court-martial and the whole subject is receiving close and prompt attention. In the meantime, I have been directed by my Government to express to the Government of the United States their sincerest condolences on the sad death of the American officer.

Accept [etc.]

K. Shidehara