894.48B/77: Telegram

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

27. Realizing the response the American people and their warmhearted desire to assist the Japanese Government, I fear that they will not appreciate the attitude of the Japanese Government. They feel were able to handle these activities ashore and have already informed foreign governments to this effect, and naturally could not make an exception of the United States. In other words, it would be extremely inadvisable to have your relief expeditions sent from the United States for the purpose of functioning ashore. With the help of the Admiral and General McCoy, the present organization [Page 474] is well able to handle the situation to the satisfaction of the Japanese Government.