711.008 North Pacific/96: Telegram

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

82. Tour 155, June 12, 9 a.m.

At the press conference this morning the Secretary in reply to questions regarding a letter to him from Senator Bone55 concerning the operation of Japanese fishing vessels in Alaskan waters stated that the Department has been in touch with the Japanese Foreign Office; that it is our understanding that no licenses have been issued by the Japanese Government for salmon fishing in that area; that he naturally credits the Japanese Government when it informs us that no licenses have been issued; that the vessels might be there for other purposes; and that the Department has been giving full attention to all phases of this matter.
Senator Bone’s letter which was dated June 10 and received today encloses one of the telegrams referred to in the Department’s No. 79, June 10, 6 p.m., and expresses the hope that assurance can be given by the Department to the people of the Northwest that the incursions of the Japanese can be stopped.
  1. Homer T. Bone, Democrat, of Washington; letter not printed.