Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 50 Part 2.djvu/704

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INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS OTHER THAN TREATIES The American Ambassador (Grew) to the Japanese Minister for ForeignAffairs (Sato) EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Tokyo, March 25, 1937. MY DEAR MINISTER: Permit me to refer to my note of today's date relating to the sys- tem of perpetual leases and to inform you that by the words "until the thirty-first day of the third month of the seventeenth year of Showa, corresponding to the 31st day of March, 1942, the present po- sition as regards tax exemptions shall be maintained", it is under- stood that until March 31, 1942, no taxes at present in force shall be collected other than those heretofore collected from the leaseholders, nor shall any taxes which may be introduced in the future be col- lected from the leaseholders if such taxes are directly connected with the perpetual leaseholds. In the event of an American leasehold being transferred it is also understood that it shall continue to be subject to the terms of the understanding in my note under reference. The friendly spirit in which this settlement has been brought about will, I trust, ensure its successful operation. Sincerely yours, JOSEPH C. GREW His Excellency Mr. NAOTAKE SATO, His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Minister for Foreign Affairs, eto., etc., eto.