393.115/130: Telegram

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

43. Our 40, January 19, 7 p.m.20

The Foreign Office informed us this evening that, as one of the measures to be taken to prevent injuring rights and property of foreign powers, a military officer of high rank will be shortly sent to Nanking as a direct representative of the War Office. A few days must elapse before the name of the officer can be announced. In the meantime a liaison officer will be at once despatched from Tokyo with full authority to deal with problems which are now current.
The Foreign Office added that other measures of a more far reaching nature now under consideration will be disclosed to us in the near future.

Repeated to Shanghai for relay to Nanking, Peiping and Hankow.

  1. Not printed; but see memorandum of January 19, by the Counselor of Embassy in Japan, Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, Vol. i, p. 568.