840.51 Frozen Credits/4070

The Ambassador in China ( Gauss ) to the Secretary of State

No. 148

Sir: I have the honor to enclose a copy of a note dated September 3, 1941,31 in which the Japanese Embassy at Peiping was informed that this office continued to receive reports from which it could reach no other conclusion than that American citizens throughout north China, especially those residing in the smaller cities and towns, were still being subjected to discriminatory restrictions on their movements. The Japanese Embassy was to have the situation remedied as soon as possible. I pointed out that the United States Government had imposed no retaliatory restrictions of such a nature on Japanese subjects residing in the United States, and that the continued restriction of the legitimate rights of American citizens in areas under Japanese occupation is a matter of serious concern to the American Government.

Since little or no improvement has been noted and no reply has been received, this office has today addressed another note to the Japanese Embassy asking to be informed of the steps which have been taken to rectify this situation. A copy of the note is enclosed.31

Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Richard P. Butrick

Counselor of Embassy
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