711.94114 Supplies/11–2945

The Acting Political Adviser in Japan (Atcheson) to the Secretary of State

No. 77

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegram 16, October 5, 1945 in regard to Japanese claims for expenses in connection with the shipment of relief supplies from Nakhodka to various camps under Japanese control.

There are enclosed copies of two Headquarters directives dated October 13 and November 16, 194582 instructing the Japanese Government to submit a final and detailed summary of all expenses claimed [Page 418] in that connection. There is also enclosed a signed copy of a summary submitted by the Japanese Government under date of November 20, 1945.83 According to this summary the Japanese claim a balance due them of ¥728,407.04. It is stated in the summary that the Japanese Government has already requested through the Swiss Government the payment of ¥1,176,981.28 of which amount ¥599,467.70 have been received through the Swiss Government.

Respectfully yours,

George Atcheson, Jr.
  1. Neither printed.
  2. Not printed; the summary set forth total claims of ¥1,327,874.74 (Swiss Fr. 1,354,283.24), of which ¥150,893.46 had not yet been demanded, and stated that no further claims would be presented. The exchange rate was given as ¥98.05 for Swiss Fr. 100. (711.94114 Supplies/11–2945)

    In a memorandum of December 29 to Assistant Secretary Donald S. Russell, Albert E. Clattenburg, Assistant Chief of the Special Projects Division, recommended that “the balance of this claim be considered as an off-set against reparation claims against the Japanese”. The matter was submitted to the Secretary’s Staff Committee which approved the recommendation on January 22, 1946. (711.94114 Supplies/12–2945)