711.008 North Pacific/311a: Telegram

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

93. Tour 177, March 17, 7 p.m.

With reference to your paragraph 2, the language we have proposed does not, in the Department’s view, involve admission on the part of the Japanese authorities or the Japanese Government that Japanese nationals have fished for salmon in the waters in question. [Page 185] The language used in our draft was designed to avert detailed discussion in regard to what may possibly have occurred heretofore. The assurance under reference was included with a view to meeting a strong and insistent demand here that some reference be made to the reported salmon fishing activities of Japanese vessels in the Bristol Bay area during the 1937 fishing season. The Department has deliberately avoided injection of detailed discussion in regard to evidence in order that the working out of a modus vivendi for the future might not be delayed or prejudiced.
It is the Department’s intention to retain the final two paragraphs of the Japanese redraft and you should be guided accordingly.