811.3362i/11: Telegram

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

130. Department’s 79, June 18, 6 p.m.

The Department has made perfectly clear the purposes of its suggestion as well as the method of approach desired.
While still believing that the chances of a favorable response from the Japanese tending to alleviate situation and improve relations are small, I do concur in the desirability of the step on the basis of all the considerations now clearly set forth.
The risk of premature publicity can be reduced but not necessarily eliminated by my seeing the Minister at his residence instead of at the Foreign Office.
It would be helpful to learn just how urgent the matter is regarded so that I may determine whether to seek some ostensible reason for seeing Arita immediately or whether a natural and therefore more favorable occasion for broaching the subject may be awaited. In Japan an Ambassador’s visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs is regarded as a matter of prime importance and periodical calls merely for the purpose of discussing the general situation are seldom understood. The tendency is to look for “the nigger in the woodpile.” I see no reason for minimizing the importance of the subject under reference but shall nevertheless be glad to know whether the delay if any [Page 988] should be a matter of days only or whether it may be a matter of weeks.
Obviously I can and shall advance a very strong and logical argument in making the suggestion as on my own initiative.