140 Prime Minister's Department to Mr E. E. Longfield Lloyd, Australian Government Commissioner in Japan
Cablegram unnumbered 17 March 1938 SECRET,
Government has received report from its Geological Adviser  to the effect that known deposits iron ore capable of being mined economically of considerably less magnitude than hitherto believed. Report quite serious. Adviser urges Government limit or prohibit export ore pending survey resources. Government has decided announce Saturday  embargo operate in 3 months exportation of iron ore.