893.6363 Manchuria/295: Telegram

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

115. Department’s 62, April 19, 6 p.m. In view of the apparent desire of the present Japanese Government to cooperate with and conciliate other nations I believe that the present moment is propitious for opening the question of settlement of the oil interests’ Manchurian claims. I see no reason why the Embassy should not support the representations of the Standard interests and believe that our representations should be based on the argument advanced in the penultimate paragraph of my note to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of April 15, 1935 (enclosure No. 3 to the Embassy’s despatch No. 1250, April 18, 1935).34

The British Embassy has not yet heard from London on this subject but concurs in the foregoing opinion.

  1. See Embassy’s telegram No. 87, April 16, 7 p.m., Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. iii, p. 898.