The Secretary of State to the American Diplomatic Officers Accredited to Governments Which Have Ratified or Which Have Definitely Adhered to the Treaty for the Renunciation of War

Sirs: On depositing, on July 24, 1929, the instrument of ratification by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan of the treaty for the renunciation of war, the Japanese Ambassador at Washington handed to the Secretary of State a note covering a Declaration of the Imperial Government, made on June 27 of this year, stating that the phraseology “in the names of their respective peoples”, appearing in Article I of the treaty, viewed in the light of the provisions of the Imperial Constitution, is understood to be inapplicable in so far as Japan is concerned.

A copy of the Japanese Ambassador’s note and a photostatic copy of the Declaration are herewith enclosed for transmission by you to the Governments to which you are respectively accredited, in conformity with the request made by the Ambassador in his note.

I am [etc.]

H. L. Stimson