Your telegram 335 paragraph 1.  Japanese Whaling.
While fully sympathising with your desire to exclude Japanese
crews from the present expedition, we fear that practical
considerations make complete manning with Allied crews impossible.
Although the vessels would provide adequate accommodation for a
small number of non-Japanese, substantial alterations would be
required to fit them for complete non-Japanese crews. Even though
the expedition has now been postponed for a month, time would
probably be too short for this. Furthermore, the Norwegians will
not serve if any Japanese are employed; and we could not dispense
with Japanese gunners, since Norwegian gunners would not in any
case be permitted by Norwegian law to serve except under a Company
previously engaged in whaling.
2. Even if these difficulties could be overcome (e.g. by
Norwegians providing crews for the catchers, and Australia and New
Zealand crews manning the factory ships, leaving the transports to
be manned by Japanese) very complicated transport problems would
arise and the expedition would probably have to put into an
Australian port. Japanese displaced by Norwegian, Australian and
New Zealand personnel (if available) would then have to be
3. The time available in which to make these arrangements would be
very short even if all parties agreed in principle without delay.
In the present situation of acute shortage of oils and fats, we
feel we could not justify a situation which might reduce the
amount of oil available for international allocation by increased
delay to the ships. While, therefore, we see no objection to the
Australian representative in Washington seeking United States
consent to the proposal for all-Allied crews, we trust that you
will also give him discretion to support as an alternative the
suggestions put forward in my telegram No 315  (Foreign Office
telegram No 9071 to Washington).
This telegram has been repeated to Tokyo.