73 Sir Robert Craigie, U.K. Ambassador to Japan, to U.K. Foreign Office

Repeated to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram 1.579/24 TOKYO, 15 August 1940, 6.15 p.m.

Received 15 August 1940

IMMEDIATE SECRET

My telegram No. 1568. [1]

1. Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs [2] sent for Japanese Counsellor [3] this afternoon and informed him orally that the Emperor had signified to him his willingness for the exchange of diplomatic consultations [4] with Australia and that he would be pleased to receive Sir John Latham. [5] Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs added that the Japanese Government were much gratified at the nomination of so eminent a person as the first Minister.

2. The Japanese Consul-General, Sydney [6], has been informed.

3. It was agreed that publication should be emitted pending mutual arrangement as to the time.

1 Document 72.

2 Masayuki Tani.

3 J. L. Dodds, Japanese Counsellor at the U.K. Embassy in Tokyo.

4 This word was annotated 'representatives(?)'.

5 Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

6 Masatoshi Akiyama.

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