740.00115 P.W./5–1947: Telegram
The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 20—12:46 p.m.]
1087. Note just received from FonOff in response to Embassy’s note of December 2, 194612 (which expressed American Government’s hope that Chinese Government would not withhold large numbers of Japanese technicians from repatriation) throws some light on subject of Deptel 480, April 24 (quoting Tokyo’s 78, April 10). Chinese note quotes Generalissimo’s13 NE Provincial Hqs substantially as follows:
According to figures Ministry of National Defense, number Japanese technical personnel retained for service by National Government in northeast approximately 11,300 excluding families. (Number dependents previously estimated by Chinese 31,000.) Plans for repatriation vessels still pending but expected further group will be repatriated this year. NE HQ states separate orders being issued to organs retaining Japanese to make fresh review of matter and where work of Japanese can be done by Chinese to substitute latter.
Sent Department 1087; repeated Tokyo 25; Mukden 47, May 19, 5 p.m.