194. National Security Study Memorandum 210, Washington, September 11, 1974.1 2


September 11, 1974

National Security Study Memorandum 210

TO: The Secretary of the Treasury
The Secretary of Defense
The Deputy Secretary of State
The Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
The Director of Central Intelligence
The Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission

SUBJECT: Review of Japan Policy for the President's Visit to Japan

In anticipation of his planned visit to Japan, the President has asked for a full review and reexamination of policy issues which may arise during his meetings with Japanese leaders. The review should take as its point of departure the definition of interests and objectives contained in the response to NSSM 172. It should define and evaluate alternative policies to support these objectives.

The study should include, but not necessarily be limited to, consideration of the following:

Multilateral Issues

  • — U.S.-Japanese cooperation in the development of Siberian resources.
  • — The Japanese role in international cooperation on energy matters, including world-wide payment deficits for petroleum.
  • — The Japanese role in international cooperation on trade and monetary reform.
  • — The future Japanese role in Asia, particularly Korea and Indochina.
  • — The future of the trilateral relationship between the United States, Japan, and Western Europe.
  • — Nuclear nonproliferation.
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Bilateral Issues

  • — U.S. agricultural export guarantees or long-term contracts.
  • — Fisheries.
  • — U.S. -Japanese defense cooperation, including possible complementarity.
  • — Trade and investment problems.
  • — Japanese participation in a uranium enrichment facility in the United States, and Japanese access to U.S. uranium enrichment services.
  • — Technological cooperation.

The study should be prepared by the NSC Interdepartmental Group for East Asia with appropriate representation of other agencies. The study should be submitted by October 4, 1974, for review by the NSC Senior Review Group prior to its consideration by the President.

[signed] Henry A. Kissinger

cc: The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Counsellor to the President for Economic Policy
The Executive Director, Council on International Economic Policy

  1. Source: Ford Library, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–13, Institutional Files, Meetings (IFM), SRG Meeting, Japan, November 11, 1974 (3). Secret; Exdis. Copies were also sent to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Counsellor to the President for Economic Policy, and the Executive Director of the Council on International Economic Policy. Smyser sent Kissinger the draft NSSM under a covering September 4 memorandum. (Ibid., Box H-32, NSSM 210, Review of Japan Policy for the President’s Visit to Japan [2])
  2. Kissinger instructed the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the CIA, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Departments of the Treasury, Defense, and State to review U.S. policy toward Japan in preparation for the President’s visit.