893.74/756: Telegram

The Minister in China ( MacMurray ) to the Secretary of State

524. Your 182, April 23, 6 p.m., 202, May 2, 6 p.m.

Director General of Telegraphs has only today disclosed to me that as far back as December Minister of Communications ascertained from Japanese Legation that the Japanese Government disapproved of its radio interests participating in the tripartite conference which the Radio Corporation had suggested should be held in New York.
He further informed me that in view of the impossibility of the suggested New York conference he had first submitted to Mitsui Company and to the Japanese Legation the proposal which he subsequently presented to Radio Corporation in the letter delivered by Admiral Bullard. He said this proposal had been favorably received by the Japanese Legation but subject to the approval of the Japanese Government which has delayed its final answer on the ground of the present disturbed situation in China. He intimates that the Japanese are awaiting an indication of the attitude of the Radio Corporation.
Director General assumes that his proposal is the only one now open for consideration and thinks that if the Radio Corporation were to accept it at any rate in principle it would only be necessary to work out details at a conference in Peking. His view is that such conference should follow the International Radio-Telegraphic Conference to meet in Washington next October.
Copies of your telegram of May 2, 6 p.m. and of this reply mailed to Tokyo.