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[Title] Notes Exchanged between Prime Minister Yoshida and Secretary of State Acheson at the Time of the Signing of the Security Treaty between Japan and the United States of America.

[Date] September 8, 1951
[Source] Joyakushu, 30-6. Japan's Foreign Relations-Basic Documents Vol.1, pp.446-448.
[Full text]


Upon the coming into force of the Treaty of Peace signed today, Japan will assume obligations expressed in Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations which requires the giving to the United Nations of "every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter".

As we know, armed aggression has occurred in Korea, against which the United Nations and its members are taking action. There has been established a unified command of the United Nations under the United States pursuant to Security Council Resolution of July 7, 1950, and the General Assembly, by Resolution of February 1, 1951, has called upon all states and authorities to lend every assistance to the United Nations action and to refrain from giving any assistance to the aggressor. With the approval of SCAP, Japan has been and now is rendering important assistance to the United Nations action in the form of facilities and services made available to the members of the United Nations, the Armed Forces of which are participating in the United Nations action.

Since the future is unsettled and it may unhappily be that the occasion for facilities and services in Japan in support of United Nations action will continue or recur, I would appreciate confirmation, on behalf of your Government, that if and when the forces of a member or members of the United Nations are engaged in any United Nations action in the Far East after the Treaty of Peace comes into force, Japan will permit and facilitate the support in and about Japan, by the member or members, of the forces engaged in such United Nations action ; the expenses in-volved in the use of Japanese facilities and services to be borne as at present or as otherwise mutually agreed between Japan and the United Nations member concerned. In so far as the United States is concerned the use of facilities and services, over and above those provided to the United States pursuant to the Administrative Agreement which will implement the Security Treaty between the United States and Japan, would be at United States expense, as at present.

Accept, Excellency, the assurances of my most distinguished consideration.


September 8, 1 951 .

His Excellency

Shigeru Yoshida,

Prime Minister of Japan.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency's Note of to-day's date in which Your Excellency has informed me as follows :

(The American note deleted)

I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to Your Excellency the assurance of my highest consideration.

Shigeru Yoshida

Prime Minister and concurrently

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

September, 8, 1951 .

His Excellency

Dean Acheson,

Secretary of State

of the United States of America.