562.8F2/59: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary of State

345. From Johnson. The Whaling Conference was informed last night by the British Chairman that, according to advice received from the Foreign Office, the Japanese Government has signified its sympathy with the objectives of the present Conference and has said that the only reason it did not participate was lack of qualified personnel; Japan expects, however, to be represented at the next international conference on whaling. It was said that a statement signifying its sympathy with the purposes of the Whaling Conference is to be given to the Tokyo press by the Japanese Government today. [Johnson.]