893.102S/1603: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai ( Gauss ) to the Secretary of State

212. Following is repeated as Tokyo’s No. 76, February 4, 3 p.m.

“76, February 4, 3 p.m.

The Foreign Minister2 at a budget committee meeting yesterday stated in reply to an interpellation regarding the plans of the Government in respect of the International Settlement in Shanghai that several plans were being pushed forward for the improvement of the position of the Japanese residents in the International Settlement. He added, however, that inasmuch as there were various regulations within the Settlement area it was the intention of the Government to establish a ‘Sino-Japanese Organ’ outside the Settlement area, and in particular, to make the Yangtze area the center of expansion of Japanese interests.
If the statement seems to you to have special significance, please repeat to the Department and to Hankow as our 76, February 4, 3 p.m., and add such comment as you may care to make. Please inform me of action taken. Grew”.
  1. Koki Hirota.