HC Deb 14 October 1946 vol 427 c586
2. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British subjects, other than in the Forces, have been allowed to enter Japan since the surrender of Japan; how many of these represent British business interests in Japan; how many are Christian missionaries; and for how long can permits be granted.

Mr. Mayhew

In view of the critical food and housing situation in Japan, admission of non-Japanese is at present limited as far as possible to those persons who will lend direct operational assistance to the occupation, and no business-men as such have yet been allowed into the country. To the best of my knowledge, three missionaries from the United Kingdom have entered Japan since the occupation, two of them on a temporary visit from which they have now returned.

Apart from these and from members of the Forces, no British subjects other than officials have been permitted to enter Japan.

Mr. Teeling

Can I understand from that answer that the same applies to other people belonging to the Allied nations?

Mr. Mayhew

Yes, Sir. The same regulations apply, but, of course, I can only answer for the British.

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