793.94/15187: Telegram

The Chargé in Japan (Dooman) to the Secretary of State

320. Department’s 186, July 7, 8 p.m. and our 317, July 9, noon.94

I called this afternoon on the Minister for Foreign Affairs and made the strongest possible representation with regard to the recent bombings at Chungking. Mr. Arita said that he was distressed to learn that Ambassador Johnson and his staff had been put in jeopardy. It was impossible for him to promise that the bombing of Chungking would cease, as attack from the air was an important and effective phase of the military operations, but he had already caused the information which we supplied to the Foreign Office on July 8 to be communicated to the Navy Department with an urgent request that some new method be devised to safeguard American lives and property. I emphasized the likely serious consequences of continued indiscriminate bombing at Chungking.

Repeated to Shanghai for relay to Chungking and Peiping.

  1. Latter not printed.