The American Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs (Toyoda)
My Dear Minister: Especially at this time, when our two Governments are giving their best thought and efforts toward a reconstruction of relations between the two countries,93a I feel sure that Your Excellency must wish to avoid unnecessary and petty causes of friction which inevitably serve to irritate while conserving no basic principle or fundamental policy in international comity. When it is an undeniable fact that these causes of friction, through the imposition of non-essential and, if I may use the term, senseless obstructions, interferences and inconveniences imposed on American citizens within the Japanese Empire and Japanese-controlled areas, are absent in the treatment of Japanese nationals in the United States, I believe that Your Excellency will all the more wish to eliminate these most unfortunate proceedings on the part of Japanese authorities in various places under Japanese control.
When I first brought to Your Excellency’s attention some of these obstructive activities on the part of Japanese officials, I received the impression that these facts were not then known to you, and you asked me to bring directly to your notice such further difficulties in this respect as might be encountered. These difficulties continue with very little indication, at least in some places, of any effort whatever on the part of the local authorities to obviate them. I therefore enclose, for Your Excellency’s information, a partial list of these difficulties at the present time.
I venture the thought that reasonable reciprocity will never be established in Japan and in areas under Japanese control in line with the liberal and friendly treatment now accorded to Japanese nationals in the United States until the most explicit instructions go out from the Government in Tokyo to all branches and all ranks of Japanese officialdom, both military and civil. I do not believe that my Government will feel in a position to wait very much longer before taking what would appear to be wholly reasonable and logical steps to equalize the treatment of our respective nationals in our respective countries.
I am [etc.]