168 Cablegram From Stuart To Department Of Trade
3 79. Japan 'Times' this morning includes the following:
'The Ministries concerned in coordinating the purchase programme
of the United States surplus agricultural products and the Japan-
Australia trade Tuesday agreed at their meeting on the necessity
of the imports of 400,000 tons of Australian wheat, despite the
fact that importation from Australia might affect the surplus
wheat import from the United States. They decided to report it to
Agriculture-Forestry Minister, Kono.' No other similar report in
other English or Japanese papers but probably correct. However,
representatives  only lower level decision at this stage.
Correction my 378. Garnett  already in Japan and had first
meeting with Kono yesterday.
Japanese trade circles advise that the next few days will be
critical for us. Therefore repeat suggestion for intensified wheat
[AA : A1838/283, 759/1/7, iv]