861a.01/286: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan ( Warren )

[Paraphrase]

65. Embassy’s No. 107 of June 25, 11 a.m.74 The American Government is highly pleased by the announcement of the decision of the Japanese Government to remove its armed forces from the Maritime Province of Siberia and possibly, also, as intimated in a telegram which the War Department has received from the Military Attaché and has just communicated to this Department, from the mainland opposite Sakhalin Island. At your discretion, I should be pleased to have you find some way informally and tactfully to make known to Baron Kato and others in the Japanese Government this sense of gratification. You should keep in mind, nevertheless, that the protests which this Government made before and during the Washington Conference against Japanese occupation of Siberian territory included Sakhalin Island to an equal degree. By no inference should there be any surrender of the position of our Government in this regard …

A report on the nature of the measures which are to be taken by Japan for the protection of her resident subjects should be made as promptly as possible. Inquiries on this subject also must, of course, be made tactfully.

Hughes
  1. Not printed. The Japanese announcement which this telegram transmitted is also contained in note from the Japanese Chargé, June 24, p. 853.