711.008 North Pacific/214: Telegram

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

563. Department’s 311, November 22, 7 p.m.

I called today on the Minister for Foreign Affairs and after a long oral explanation of the salmon fisheries situation in which the urgency of the matter was especially emphasized, I left with him the memorandum and aide-mémoire. The Minister made no comment except to express surprise that Japanese were still fishing for salmon in Alaskan waters in spite of the refusal of the Government to grant licenses. He said that he would immediately take the matter up with the Department of Agriculture and would give us a reply at the earliest possible moment.
No opportunity occurred to bring up the substance of paragraph 4 of the Department’s 308.