740.0011 P.W. (Peace)/3–2047
The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Douglas ) to the Secretary of State
Subject: Foreign Office Comment on General Mac Arthur’s Advocacy of Treaty with Japan.
Sir: I have the honor to enclose a copy of a self-explanatory memorandum of a conversation held between a Foreign Office official and an officer of the Embassy on the above-cited subject on March 19, 1947.
I also enclose a copy of the text of an item which appeared in the March 19, 1947 issue of the Manchester Guardian (independent) on the subject of General Mac Arthur’s pronouncement.72 There is very good reason to believe that that item was written after its author had canvassed the situation at the Foreign Office, and that it correctly reflects Foreign Office thought on the subject of Japan.
First Secretary of Embassy
- Not reprinted; it indicated approval of General MacArthur’s call for an early peace settlement and his proposal to end the economic blockade and to restore free trading with Japan (740.0011 PW (Peace)/3–2047).↩
- D. F. MacDermot, Head of the Japan and Pacific Department of the British Foreign Office.↩
- For draft released by the Department on June 21, 1946, see Department of State Bulletin, June 30, 1946, p. 1113.↩