The Japanese Embassy to the Department of State


The Government of Japan has the intention to assign a permanent observer delegation to the United Nations Headquarters with the least possible delay after the coming into force of the Treaty of Peace with Japan. The observer who holds the rank of an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary will represent the Government of Japarn and act on its behalf at the United Nations. His office is to be established in New York and staffed with a counselor, a secretary and an attaché.

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The Government of Japan wishes to be informed if the establishment of the above office will meet with the approval of the Government of the United States of America, and if the immunities and privileges of a diplomatic mission will be extended to such delegation. In case the above delegation is not to be entitled to such immunities and privileges, the Government of Japan intends to station a minister and his staff in New York who will be members of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.1

  1. Based on the Department of State’s aide-mémoire in reply on May 20, in which the Department indicated it had no objection to the assignment of Japanese observers to the United Nations “and indeed welcomes this indication of the interest of the Government of Japan in the United Nations”, but which pointed out that observer delegations did not enjoy full diplomatic privileges and immunities, the Japanese Embassy in a further aide-mémoire on June 20 notified the Department of State that the Japanese Government had decided to attach additional staff to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, consisting of one minister and approximately three assistants “for purposes in connection with the United Nations” and with the understanding that such staff would enjoy full diplomatic privileges and immunities. The Department acknowledged this communication in an aide-mémoire of June 27. (310.394/5–152, 310.394/6–2052)