393.115/1230: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Secretary of State

1846. Peiping’s 347, November 11, 10 a.m.98 Comments on Japanese replies to American representations.

On November 22, 1941, I addressed a personal letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs informing him that the language in the replies of the Foreign Office to our representations was in some respects unusual. I said that the Secretary of State’s and our representations were “carefully prepared from reports received from competent and experienced American officials” and that the abrupt denial from the Foreign Office “would seem to imply that the Japanese authorities placed no credence in the reports made by the American officials.” In conclusion I asked the Foreign Minister to bring about a removal of the transportation interferences.

A few days ago the British Ambassador also addressed a similar letter to the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Copies to the Department and Peiping by mail.

Sent to the Department via Peiping. Repeated to Chungking.

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