301 Sir John Latham, Minister to Japan, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 87 TOKYO, 15 February 1941, 1.30 p.m.
Repeated to Washington 15, London 16.
I saw Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs  to correct the statement reported in my telegram No. 84.  He deplored messages sent by British and United States Ambassadors  which he said were alarmist and quite unfounded. Said Japan would not enter war unless attacked or United States came in. Denied vigorously that Japan would allow herself to be used by Germany to help some German movement in the war. When I said that army might create incident as on former occasions and force hand of civil government he said 'Have we not adequate war[?]' (i.e. China). He was not challenging in manner but conciliatory and I believe sincerely apprehensive of further involvement of Japan in war.
My telegram 86.  I realize from your telegram 58  that there were good local reasons for Acting Prime Minister's public statement re gravity of position of the East but effect here is to increase feeling of apprehension on all sides. See last sentence my telegram 76.