The Secretary of State to the Consul at Taihoku (Ketcham)
Sir: With reference to your letter to the Governor General of the Philippine Islands dated August 19, 1932, relating to the issuance by the Government General of Taiwan of an order to regulate the activities of Japanese vessels engaged in fishing near the Philippine Islands, there is enclosed a copy of a letter from the Secretary of War transmitting a communication on this subject from the Governor General of the Philippine Islands.57
You are instructed informally and discreetly to bring to the attention of the Government General of Taiwan the facts set forth by the Governor General of the Philippine Islands and to request that General Order No. 33, July 2, 1932, of the Government General be so corrected as to be applicable to waters south of 21° 25′ North Latitude, the northern boundary of the Philippine Islands. The results of your efforts should be reported to the Department as soon as practicable.
Very truly yours,