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213 Confidential Exchange Of Letters Between Ushiba And Westerman

18th June, 1957

CANBERRA

1. With Reference to Wheat Quality

Dear Dr Westerman,
In the course of our discussions about soft wheat, the Japanese
Delegation has noted that the Australian Wheat Board is prepared
to work out with Japanese importers a special arrangement with
regard to a guarantee of quality of Australian f.a.q. wheat.

The Japanese Delegation suggests that should any difficulties
arise in connection with the quality of f.a.q. wheat, the two
Governments should consult together with the object of devising
procedures to remove such difficulties.

I would welcome your reaction to this proposal.

Yours faithfully,
NOBUHIKO USHIBA

Dear Mr Ushiba,
In response to your letter of today regarding the quality of
Australian wheat imported into Japan, I wish to inform you that
the Australian Government is agreeable to your suggestion that,
should any difficulties arise in connection with the quality of
f.a.q. wheat, representatives of the two Governments should
consult.

Yours faithfully,
W.A. WESTERMAN

2. With Reference to Consultations on Wheat

Dear Mr Ushiba,
It is the understanding of the Australian Delegation that if,
during the currency of the Agreement on Commerce between Australia
and Japan, under conditions of normal competition the market for
Australian wheat in Japan appears to be declining, the Japanese
Government, at the request of the Australian Government, would be
willing to discuss the marketing problems which appeared to be
limiting Australian wheat imports and to co-operate in examining
steps which might be taken to improve the position.

I would welcome your confirmation of this understanding.

Yours faithfully,
W.A. WESTERMAN

Dear Dr Westerman,
In response to your letter of today regarding consultations on
wheat, I wish to confirm that in the circumstances outlined, the
Japanese Government would be ready to consult on the marketing
problems confronting imports of Australian wheat into Japan. Yours
faithfully, NOBUHIKO USHIBA

3. With Reference to Surplus Disposals

Dear Mr Ushiba,
I confirm my advice to you that the Australian Government has
taken a very active interest in the question of disposal of
agricultural surpluses by the Government of the United States of
America. It would be similarly concerned in respect of disposal of
agricultural surpluses by any other Government.

The Australian Government would be glad if you could confirm the
understanding that the Japanese Government would on request at any
time be ready to consult with the Australian Government and
exchange information concerning a noncommercial arrangement on
agricultural commodities.

Yours faithfully,
W.A. WESTERMAN

Dear Dr Westerman,
In response to your letter of today regarding disposals of surplus
commodities, I wish to confirm that the Japanese Government would
be ready on request at any time to consult with the Australian
Government and to exchange information concerning a non-commercial
arrangement on agricultural commodities.

Yours faithfully,
NOBUHIKO USHIBA

4. With Reference to the Confidential Nature of Certain Documents

Dear Mr Ushiba,
It is our understanding that with respect to the Draft Agreement
on Commerce between the Commonwealth of Australia and Japan
initialled today, information made public or conveyed to other
Governments will be confined to official press statements made on
behalf of either Government. This understanding would apply
pending the signature and release of the final text of the
Agreement.

It is also our understanding that after the signature and release
of the final text of the Agreement, the text or the substance of
those parts of the Agreement or related documents (including
minutes of plenary meetings) which it has been agreed shall not be
made public will not be conveyed to other Governments and will not
be published or publicly commented on without prior consultation
between our two Governments.

I would appreciate your confirmation of this understanding.

Yours faithfully,
W.A. WESTERMAN

Dear Dr Westerman,
I refer to your letter of today regarding the confidential nature
of the Draft Agreement on Commerce between Japan and the
Commonwealth of Australia signed today, and of certain sections of
the final Agreement.

I wish to confirm the understanding set out in your letter.

Yours faithfully,
NOBUHIKO USHIBA


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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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