Trade with Japan Thank you for your memorandum of 30th March giving the background to the advices we have received recently from the United Kingdom on this subject. 
For your information, the newly installed Japanese Embassy in Canberra is pressing for a relaxation of import restrictions on Japanese goods. Embassy officers have been discussing the matter with the Department of Trade and Customs for some weeks and on the 27th March the attached note  was presented to the Department of External Affairs.
As you know the Department of Trade and Customs has been aware of the problem for some time and has been conscious that the chief difficulty on our side is that any significant increase in the list of goods which may be licensed for import from Japan would very likely include goods whose import from Japan would raise political objections. Some relaxations were made last month to permit the import from Japan of certain types of goods, which are available from other sources, but they are not expected to add up to much. We understand that the Department of Trade and Customs is still examining in detail the possible scope for further relaxations.