Skip to main content

Historical documents

154 Australia-Japan Trade Negotiations: Third Meeting

17th October, 1956


MR PHILLIPS confirmed that certain administrative arrangements had
been made which would enable a trader who, prior to 1.7.56 had
obtained all or most of his imports from Japan, to be restored to
as favourable a relative position as he enjoyed before the
licensing changes on 1.7.56.

MR ROBERTSON explained the licensing position to the meeting. He
pointed out that traders who formerly imported all or the bulk of
their imports from Japan prior to 1.7.56 were at a disadvantage
following the intensification of import controls as from 1.7.56.

In order to restore them to the same relative position they
enjoyed prior to July we were taking administrative action. Any
complaints received by the Japanese Embassy from traditional
Japanese importers should be referred to the Import Licensing
Branch in Sydney where the necessary adjustments would be made.

MR UYAMA said he was aware of this procedure and it was being
studied at the Japanese Consulate in Sydney.

Papers setting out each country's reaction to the papers submitted
at the second meeting on 5th October [2] were exchanged and

MR PHILLIPS suggested we would like time to study the Japanese
reactions and consider them at a further meeting.

MR PHILLIPS asked whether any definite word had been received from
Tokyo as to the arrival of the Japanese delegation.

MR UYAMA replied that he had not received any official advice to
date. His information that a delegation was due in Australia
towards the end of October came informally from one of its
members. He had heard no news to the contrary and was hopeful that
last minute preparations were now being made in Tokyo for the
departure of the delegation.

MR PHILLIPS confirmed that we would be prepared to commence full-
scale negotiations by 1st November.

MR UYAMA intimated that he had recommended to Tokyo that detailed
negotiations commence as soon as possible. He suggested that the
papers submitted today could be discussed informally and that 1st
November be the date tentatively set for the commencement of full-
scale negotiations.

MR PHILLIPS said that confirmation from Tokyo of the date of
arrival of other members of the Japanese delegation would now be
awaited. We would exchange views informally in the meantime.

1 The meeting was held in the Department of Trade and chaired by
Phillips. Others present were Uyama, Nishimiya, S. Kurahachi (a
Japanese Consul in Sydney), Robertson, R.G. McNamee (Department of
Trade) and Farrell.

2 Documents 151 and 152.

[AA : A1838/283, 759/1/7, iv]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
Back to top