The Counselor of Embassy in China (Butrich) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 3—3:15 p.m.]
197. Department’s 132, July 31, 5 p.m., Japanese interference with American rights and interests in China. I called on [Counselor] Tsuchida of the Japanese Embassy this afternoon and registered emphatic oral protest, leaving with him memorandum of recently reported instances of Japanese interference with Americans and their properties.8 He read the memorandum and said that the freezing regulations were a new thing [to] the Japanese and differences had arisen in their administration but that he would “look after” the matters mentioned in my memorandum. I received the impression that he is not in sympathy with the harsher methods instituted by the Japanese [military?] in connection with the application of their regulations.
Sent to the Department, repeated to Chungking, Shanghai, Tokyo.