711.008 North Pacific/319: Telegram

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

210. Department’s 107, March 26, 1 p.m. The draft of the proposed letter from Dooman to Yoshizawa reads as follows:

“My Dear Mr. Yoshizawa: I refer to the statement which you made to me during the course of our conversation on Thursday evening, March 24th, that the Japanese Government, in agreeing to the omission from the press communiqué on the Alaska salmon fisheries of the phrase ‘for the time being’, desires that it be understood that the Japanese Government has not given an undertaking to deny permanently to Japanese nationals licenses to fish for salmon in Bristol Bay.

That desire on the part of the Japanese Government was reported by the Ambassador to the Department of State, and I am now authorized to say that the undertaking of the American Government with regard to the provisional character of the undertaking on this point raised by the Japanese Government was given in the last paragraph of the communiqué to the press released in Washington on March 24th at 10:30 p.m.”.

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There is no urgency about the letter, and we shall therefore withhold it until the Department has had opportunity to comment on it.20

  1. The Department gave approval in its telegram No. 109, March 28, 6 p.m.