Assurances that such anti-Semitic agitation as may exist in Japan is only of a minor nature, and of little success, are contained in a communication under date of June 1, from M. Shigemetsu, former Minister to China and now Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs at Tokyo, which has been received by N. E. B. Ezra, editor of Israel’s Messenger, here.
The assurances were elicited as a result of questions raised by the Jewish journal in Shanghai regarding the recently reported anti-Semitic activities in Japan.
The proposal to establish a Japanese Consulate in Palestine was mooted by N. E. B. Ezra to the Japanese Government. A favorable reply has been received.
The matter is at present being discussed between the Japanese Commercial Counsellor in Shanghai and the Foreign Office in Tokyo. Anent the proposal referred to, M. Shigemetsu, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, wrote to Mr. Ezra under dateof June 1, as follows:
“Upon the subject of establishing close commercial relationship between Palestine and Japan, I am in full agreement with what you say.
“While our commercial attache in your city is in better and proper position to discuss the matter with you I shall certainly bear in mind your valuable information and suggestions.”