740.00115 PW/5–845: Airgram

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

A–695. American Interests—Japan. Foreign Office note, May 4, states according information received from Swiss Legation Tokyo special permit must be obtained from Japanese Finance Ministry for every monthly relief payment higher than 300 yen per family.

For several months these permits were delivered with great delays and permits for February and March only obtained beginning of April after numerous requests.

These delays cause great prejudice to interested persons as relief payments barely cover expenses for one month. Therefore recipients have been obliged to sell first necessity articles to obtain indispensable funds.66

  1. In telegram 3484, July 9, 6 p.m., the Minister in Switzerland reported that permits authorizing payments exceeding 300 yen monthly were being granted without delay as a result of representations by the Swiss Legation in Japan (740.00115 PW/7–945).