894.5151/143: Telegram

The Chargé in Japan (Dooman) to the Secretary of State

359. Department’s 209, 9 [4] p.m., via Peiping—blocked funds American President Lines. We have been continuously pressing the Foreign Office for permission to remit the blocked funds. Today the Foreign Office informed us that permit to remit April funds was being granted today and that permit to remit May funds will be granted early in July [August?]. We are not yet aware of the terms under which the April permit has been granted and will cable these data tomorrow or Wednesday.

It would be helpful if we could assure the Foreign Office that in view of the ownership of the vessels by the Government the funds in question are United States Government funds or those of one of its agencies.