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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr MCBRIDE - We are not bound to grant most-favoured-nation treatment.

Mr CLAREY - I suggest that if the Japanese become linked with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, following their entrance into the United Nations, such a request will certainly be made. It is necessary that every effort be made to induce Japan to take a part in the International Labour Organization. It is essential that Japan shall adopt the conventions of the International Labour Organization so as to enable the Japanese to secure many of the important advantages that other nations enjoy as a result of membership of that organization. The International Labour Organization has realized the importance of improving the living conditions of the people in the East, and on more than one occasion during the last two years, conferences have been called of governments, employers and workers in the Asian and South-Asian countries in order to consider problems of under-payment, insanitary conditions, long hours, malnutrition, and so on.

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