894.002/218: Telegram

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

144. At my initial reception today by the new Minister for Foreign Affairs21 he said that his principal preoccupation while in office would be the development of better relations with the United States and that this in fact was the primary reason for his having accepted the appointment which had come to him as a complete surprise.

  1. Koki Hirota, formerly Japanese Ambassador in the Soviet Union.