The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Grew)
252. Your 387, June 17, 3 p.m., and your mail despatch No. 3040, June 22,30 in regard to special Japanese taxes for military expenditures in China. The Department desires that you inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs that the Government of the United States, while taking note of the statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, contained in his note of June 4 to the effect that the Japanese Government maintains its contentions in regard to the payment of taxes under reference by American nationals, reaffirms its position that the exaction of such taxes would be contrary to the express exemption accorded reciprocally to nationals of each of the high contracting parties by paragraph 4 of Article I of the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation of 1911 and would expect to inform American nationals of this position in the event of inquiry by them as to the validity of any demand for or attempt to collect such taxes.
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