740.00115A Pacific War/52: Telegram

The Minister in Switzerland ( Harrison ) to the Secretary of State

1231. American interests—Philippines. Department’s 446, February 14, last paragraph. International Red Cross Committee replies to Legation’s request for investigation Japanese treatment American civilians Philippines stating that grave question as well as general problems [of] treatment civilians occupied territory Far East having [Page 849] Committee’s full attention. Committee has taken steps endeavor obtain information from Japanese authorities regarding American civilians in Philippines and also asked Japanese Government to agree appointment Committee delegate at Manila.

Japanese reply not yet received but Committee pursuing endeavors obtain information desired by American Government and will advise Legation when received.