Skip to main content

Historical documents

333 Shaw to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 443 TOKYO, 12 August 1948


Your telegram 330.

Today I gave the Chairman of the Allied Council provisional notice
that tomorrow I would place on the agenda for the Allied Council
meeting on August 18th, the question of labour legislation in the
Japanese Public Service. The United Kingdom Liaison Mission,
Tokyo, have asked that I do not confirm the agenda item until they
have received the views of the Foreign Office, London. In the
circumstance I shall not meantime confirm my agenda items. If
United Kingdom agreement received I can ask for special meeting at
one days notice.

2. I suggest that you convey to the Foreign Office my views that
despite undesirable local repercussion with the Americans which I
had said might follow the raising of this matter in public and
which the United Kingdom Liaison Mission may overemphasise, I feel
strongly that in this instance early discussion in the Allied
Council may serve a real purpose in influencing the form of
projected legislation to revise Japanese Public Service Laws. The
Japanese Government are to consider the draft legislation next
week and to await discussion by the Far Eastern Commission next
month, would probably mean having to accept a fait accompli.

3. As reported, disadvantageous United Kingdom Liaison Mission,
Tokyo, do not like to use the Allied Council but this is a clear
instance where prompt and public discussion may influence the
occupation policy and I believe they should be pressed to concur.

4. Should the United Kingdom not agree to support my raising this
issue, I could still initiate discussion as representing Australia
and presumably New Zealand but it is much preferable not to make
such distinctions. Please advise your views and any indication on
the prospects of views of other British Commonwealth Governments

[AA:A1838/278, 478/2/5, i]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
Back to top