895.63 Or 4/18: Telegram

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

175. Your mail despatch 134, September 23, and previous. Department is informed that Company’s manager has retained counsel, Dr. S. Kishi, who is taking the matter up with the Minister of Finance and that decision on question whether permission to export will be granted will apparently be delayed by 2 weeks from October 29. Department authorizes you, in your discretion, to bring the matter again to the attention of the Foreign Office informally, inviting attention to the serious effect on the Company’s business of the combination of embargo and fixed purchase price for their product in Japan, the practical effect of which is substantially what the Company contends. In view of this situation you should endeavor, unless you feel it highly inexpedient, to induce authorities to grant the request of the Company as reported in your despatch.