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Japan (Diplomatic Missions)

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the subjects which the Japanese Government now discuss direct with the British representative in Tokyo.

Under regulations issued by General MacArthur on 13th February, foreign Diplomatic Missions in Japan are permitted direct contact and correspondence with the Japanese Government under the following 11 headings:

  • 1. Exit and re-entry permits for foreign nationals not members of the Occupation.
  • 2. Logistic facilities provided for Foreign Missions by the Japanese Government.
  • 3. Japanese nationals abroad.
  • 4. Subject to stringent safeguards, arrests and trials of foreign nationals in Japan, financial and property matters (except war claims), rations, registrations, deportations and "other routine personal status problems."
  • 5. Copyright, trade mark and patent matters involving solely the transmission of correspondence and publications relating to procedural and administrative matters connected with copyright and industrial property registration, laws and regulations excluding correspondence on specific copyrights or copyright material, trade marks or patent matters, or transactions relating thereto.
  • 6. Routine correspondence of an administrative (including financial) nature regarding transport and communication facilities already authorised between Japan and foreign countries (this does not include overseas clearances for Japanese shipping).
  • 7. Routine correspondence of an administrative (including financial) nature between the Japanese Government and international organisations of which Japan is a member, or to which she is affiliated, where such correspondence is necessary.
  • 8. Details concerning the establishment of Japanese representation abroad after such agreement regarding such establishment has been approved by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.
  • 9. Details connected with Japanese representation at, and participation in, international conferences after the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers has permitted Japanese attendance.
  • 10. Routine correspondence concerning the application and execution of bilateral treaties or agreements whose conclusion has been approved by the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers.
  • 11. Requests for official publications normally exchanged between Governments, and arrangements for the exchange of scientific, educational and cultural publications, prepared by semi-official and educational institutions.
  • The Acting United Kingdom Political Representative at Tokyo reports that these regulations come into effect on 15th March, 1951.