27 Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister, to Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London

Cablegram 13 25 January 1940,

MOST PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL FOR MR BRUCE

Following on appointment Minister at Washington it is felt initial steps should be taken to implement one of the early declarations of the Government that Legation would also be established at Tokyo.

To this end desire you ascertain through appropriate channel whether proposal to establish Australian Legation at Tokyo would be acceptable to King. It is not proposed to go beyond this initial step for the time being and I shall advise you after receipt of His Majesty's reply of further steps desired to be taken.

MENZIES

1 Sir Henry Gullett.

2 Document 24.

3 Document 25.

[AA: A2937, LEGATIONS: EXCHANGE OF MINISTERS WITH JAPAN]