861a.01/296

The Japanese Chargé ( Saburi ) to the Secretary of State

Sir: Acting under instructions from the Japanese Government, I have the honor to inform you that on July 14 the following statement was made public in Tokio:

“The Japanese Government, considering it expedient to reduce the extent of territory occupied by their troops in the Province of Saghalien, have decided to withdraw by the end of September of this year all of their troops from the districts opposite the Island of Saghalien. As for the northern or Russian part of the Island of Saghalien, it is their intention to terminate occupation as soon as satisfactory settlement for the Nikolaievsk affair has been obtained.”

Accept [etc.]

Sadao Saburi