January 5, 1972
Mr. Y. Hamanaka Ishiyama Co., Ltd. 203 Palace Building 1-1 Marunouchi 1- Chome Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo, Japan
Dear Mr. Hamanaka:
As you may know, Mr. Bourret and I are working on long-term strategy and planning for the Mining Division; Japan's consumption of raw materials and import requirements are an important factor in assessing future trends.
In a weekly review published by the Bank of Tokyo, the Ministry of Inter-national Trade and Industry was reported to have prepared a report for their Import Trend Committee. The report was designed to serve as a guidepost to the Japanese industries concerned and provide basic data for future import decisions. Among the commodities covered in their import forecase were coking coal, asbestos and nickel ore (other commo-dities included tea, cotton, bananas and so forth in which Utah has no interest).
We would like to have this report if it is available (in English or French) and I am writing to ask if you would be kind enough to obtain it from the Ministry. I should not want you to spend a good deal of time on getting the report and if it appears that it will be difficult, than please let me know.
Hugh Douglas Manager
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