711.94/1934: Telegram

The First Secretary of Embassy in China (Smyth) to the Secretary of State

42. Department’s 33 [43], January 17, 8 p.m., to Tokyo.28 Marine-gendarme incident. Ambassador Grew having informed this Embassy that he had an appointment with Foreign Minister Matsuoka today, I called this morning on Counselor Tsuchida, in charge of the Japanese Embassy here, and carried out the Department’s instructions. He made no comments. Later, at lunch, I met Secretary Terasaki, who had been with Mr. Tsuchida when I called. Mr. Terasaki said that he wished to assure me that the official inquiry would be given the most serious consideration by the Japanese Embassy.

Sent to the Department. Repeated to Chungking, Tokyo, Shanghai.

  1. Not printed, but see Ambassador Grew’s memorandum and oral statement of January 27, Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. i, p. 707.