The Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 2.]
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 1661 of February 16, 1939, and enclosures,21 relating to the situation in China with respect to the traffic in narcotics and directing the Embassy, after consultation with the British Embassy, to present to the Japanese Foreign Office an aide-mémoire substantially in the form of the draft transmitted with the Department’s instruction under acknowledgment.
Inquiry was made of the British Embassy whether instructions had been received from the British Foreign Office to take action along the lines proposed in the Department’s instruction. As the Department’s instruction was received on March 11th, and the British Embassy notified us on April 10th that instructions had been received from the British Foreign Office to inform us in the event of inquiry that the matter was still under investigation by the British Government, it was decided to carry out the Department’s instruction without further delay. Accordingly the aide-mémoire, without alteration, and its enclosure, were presented to the Foreign Office on April 13, 1939.
The official of the Foreign Office to whom the aide-mémoire and enclosure were presented had no comment to offer other than that the contents would be studied and a reply made in due course.
Copies of the aide-mémoire and enclosure are transmitted herewith. A copy with enclosure has been furnished the British Embassy.