7. Editorial Note

The Third Meeting of the Joint United States-Japan Cabinet Committee on Trade and Economic Affairs was held in Tokyo January 27 and 28, 1964. The United States delegation arrived on January 25 and consisted of Secretary of State Rusk, Secretary of Commerce Hodges, Secretary of Labor Wirtz, Under Secretary of Agriculture Murphy, Under Secretary of the Interior Carr, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Heller, and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Bullitt.

The 2-day conference centered on the state of nations’ economies, trade and investment restrictions, tariffs and taxes, balance-of-payments questions, and similar matters. While in Tokyo, Secretary Rusk also met with Prime Minister Ikeda and Foreign Minister Ohira for wider-ranging discussions of common interests, notably, Korea, the People’s Republic of China, defense matters, and relations between Japan and the United States.

Briefing papers, memoranda, and other relevant documentation pertaining to the meeting are in the National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Files of the Executive Secretariat: Lot 66 D 110, Chronology of International Conferences Abroad, 1961–1964; ibid., Rusk Files: Lot 72 D 192, Memoranda of Conversation File, January 1964; and ibid., Central Files 1964–66, E 1 JAPAN–US. A joint communiqué issued at the close of the meeting is printed in American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1964, pages 910–914.