711.008 North Pacific/315: Telegram

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

107. 1. The Department released to the press,19 simultaneously with the revised press communiqué contained in your 201, March 25, 2 a.m., a summary of the Department’s memorandum of November 22, 1937, and the separate release mentioned in paragraph 2 of our 79, March 5, 4 p.m., the text of which follows:

“The American Government will continue to give constant and practical attention to the question of the Alaska fisheries and the question of ways and means to ensure the protection and perpetuation of the highly important food resource and industries involved. To this end the fullest possible collaboration of the appropriate agencies of the Government will be utilized. In accordance with this objective, and for the general purpose of removing cause for apprehension on the part of American fishing interests, the Bureau of Fisheries and the Coast Guard will continue to be charged with the duty of observing fishing activities in Alaskan waters.”

2. Please telegraph promptly text of letter to Yoshizawa authorized in our 105, March 25, 6 p.m., paragraph 2.

  1. Department of State, Press Releases, March 26, 1938, p. 412.