329 Australian Government to Mission in Tokyo
Cablegram 152 CANBERRA, 22 April 1948
Your Dept. 204 and 205  and memorandum 196. 
We are instructing our FEC representative to make firm protest at next meeting of FEC on 22nd April along the following lines:-
(a) Bill, which appears to conflict with FEC basic policy and disarmament policy, has been presented to Japanese Diet with cognizance of SCAR (b) We consider this a matter of substance which should have been referred to the Allied Council for Japan under paragraph 5 of its terms [of] reference.
(c) Articles 4, 19, 20 and 35 of the Bill appear to require revision in order to bring them in line with FEC policies.
Although SCAP has authority under paragraph 8 of FEC 017/20 to use former disarmed Japanese naval craft we consider that this is a question on which he could well have consulted the Allied Council for Japan as it is direct implementation of an FEC policy decision. 
2. Please raise this formally with the Chairman of the Allied Council and endeavour:-
(a) to delay publication of ordinance (Article 34) pending discussion in FEC, and (b) to have matter discussed at next meeting of Allied Council.