The Secretary of State to the Japanese Ambassador (Debuchi)

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of July 24, 1929, transmitting the Declaration of the Imperial Government made on June 27 of this year that the phraseology “in the names of their respective peoples”, appearing in Article I of the treaty for the renunciation of war, signed at Paris on August 27, 1928, viewed in the light of the provisions of the Imperial Constitution, is understood to be inapplicable in so far as Japan is concerned.

Note is taken of your statement that the Declaration was made for the purpose of dispelling any doubt in relation to the Constitution of Japan, elucidating, as it does, the construction placed by the Japanese Government on the phraseology in question.

I shall be happy, in compliance with the request which you make in your note to send a copy thereof, together with a copy of the Declaration, to each of the other High Contracting Parties, as well as to each of the Governments which have adhered or which may hereafter adhere to the treaty.35

Accept [etc.]

Henry L. Stimson
  1. The treaty was proclaimed by the President of the United States on July 24, 1929.