740.00115A PW/7–145: Telegram

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

3378. China—Am[erican] Interests. Legs 1420, March 6.69 FonOff notice June 27 states during interview June 16 between Gorgé and Suzuki70 latter confirmed Jap Govt not able for political reasons permit Switzerland pay relief to Shanghai Filipinos. Suzuki added Filipinos already receiving relief in kind from Jap authorities.71

  1. Not printed.
  2. Koichi Suzuki, Chief of the Foreign Interests Section in the Japanese Foreign Office.
  3. In telegram 3817, August 6, 2 p.m., the Minister in Switzerland reported that a written communication had been sent by the Japanese Foreign Office to the Swiss Legation in Japan, stating that it was “difficult admit in principle Swiss representatives assist Philippine and Indian nationals occupied China” because the “Philippine Government” and the “Provisional Government of Free India” were formally recognized by Japan. The communication stated further that Japan, “in agreement govts mentioned, supports indigent Philippine and Indian nationals”. (740.00115 PW/8–645) In telegram 2723, September 12, to Bern, the Department expressed its “desire Filipinos Shanghai be afforded protection and necessary relief by Fontanel pending assumption that function by US Govt”. (390.0015/9–545)