This SCAPIN is about Liancourt Rocks for use by the Allied Powers as a bombing range for the Far East Air Force. It was issued on September 16th 1947.
SUPREME COMMANDER FOR THE ALLIED POWERS
16 September 1947
AG 684(16 Sept 47)GC-TNG
MEMORANDUM FOR : JAPANESE GOVERNMENT
THROUGH: Central Liaison Office,
Liancourt Rocks Bombing Range
1. The islands of Liancourt Rocks (or Takes Shima), located 37°
15’ north, 131° 50’ east, are designated as a bombing range.
2. The inhabitants of Oki-Retto (Oki-Gunto) and the inhabitants of
all the ports on the west coast of
Honshunorth to the 38th parallel, north latitude will be notified prior to each actual use of this range. This information will be disseminated through Military Government units to local Japanese civil authorities.
FOR THE SUPREME COMMANDER :
As the former article already showed, the letter by Kenneth T. Young, Jr., Director of the Office of Northern Asian Affairs, which was written in November 1952, they let the islanders of Oki islands and people of Western Honshu know the usage of the range before they actually used it. Why did they notify Japanese people of the usage if they thought the Rocks were not Japanese territory?
To follow is from the letter by Kenneth T. Young, Jr.:
A later SCAPIN, No.1778 of September 16, 1947 designated the
islets as a bombing range for theFar East Air Force and further provided
that use of the range would be made only after notification through Japanese
civil authorities to the inhabitants of the
Oki Islandsand certain ports on Western Honsu.