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July 18, 1944 (Tuesday)

Dropped in at the Embassy at 3:00 this p.m. to type a letter of request to the Ambassador. We are trying to negotiate a loan of Y500 to do some shopping before we go home.

Went to Ueno to see Felix Maruyama. The deal we had been trying to push through these last two weeks went through all right but not as perfectly as I expected. I think there was something fishy about it, but it is all part of the game, and I do not think I was too much at the end of the stick.

Mr. Fuji, our professor in constitutional law, commenting on the composition in English on the Japanese national policy and constitution which we submitted to him a few days ago, said he was impressed by our English and added: “The Americans surely taught you good English!”