The Chargé in Japan ( Neville ) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 22,—8:50 a.m.]
30. Department’s telegram 21, March 20, 6 p.m. I saw the Prime Minister this afternoon. He asked me to convey to you his sincere regrets that he finds he is unable to have ratification of the treaty sooner; he said that the pressure of business in the Diet and other political complications had made it inadvisable to submit the treaty to the Privy Council up to date. He said that the treaty would be given to the Privy Council at their meeting after the close of the Diet and that he hoped to get it ratified by the middle of April. He asked me to convey to you his personal congratulations on your successful administration.