700.00116/206

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

No. 459–E

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of Note No. 54, dated April 19, 1924, from the Imperial Japanese Foreign Office to which reference was made in the Embassy’s telegram No. 77 of April 22, 11 A.M.75

The note in question sets forth the willingness of the Japanese Government to adopt the Rules relating to Aerial Warfare and the Rules relative to the Use of Radio in Time of War, prepared by the Commission of Jurists who met at the Hague from December 11, 1922, to February 19, 1923.

I have [etc.]

Cyrus E. Woods
[Enclosure—Translation]

The Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs (Matsui) to the American Ambassador (Woods)

No. 54

Monsieur l’Ambassadeur: On March 4th last, Mr. Caffery was good enough to address me a Note asking, under instructions from his Government, for an expression of the views of the Japanese Government on the adoption of the Rules relating to Aerial Warfare and [Page 96]of the Rules relative to the Use of Radio in time of War, both prepared by the Commission of Jurists who met at the Hague from December 11, 1922, to February 19, 1923.

I have now the honor to inform Your Excellency that the Japanese Government, believing, as they do, that the work of revising the rules of warfare promoted by the Commission of Jurists at the Hague is a matter for sincere congratulation in the interest of humanity, are happy to acquiesce in the proposal of the American Government to conclude as among the Powers represented on that Commission the two conventions substantially on the lines suggested by the American Delegation at the Hague on February 12, 1923, and presented to me in Mr. Caffery’s Note under acknowledgment, (including a fourth Article providing for the adherence of States other than the above-mentioned Powers), the Rules for the Control of Radio in Time of War to one Convention and the Rules for Aerial Warfare to the other, both Conventions to be ratified in accordance with the constitutional requirements of the signatory Powers.

I avail myself [etc.]

Baron Keishiro Matsui
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